Show Low, Ariz. – Summit Healthcare announced today that it has entered into an oncology collaboration agreement with Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz. This agreement is an extension of the existing health care collaboration between Summit Healthcare and Banner Health. The primary goal of both agreements is to ensure that Summit Healthcare patients receive the highest level of care for all their medical needs.
Through this oncology agreement, Summit Healthcare patients will have direct access to Banner MD Anderson, should the need arise. The preferred referral relationship between these entities will provide patients with a designated navigator to coordinate seamless care in the event that transfers to Banner MD Anderson are necessary. The navigator will assist these patients through their courses of treatment at Banner MD Anderson and help with their integration back once treatment is complete.
In addition to a designated navigator, the collaboration agreement provides Summit Healthcare physicians and other care providers with ongoing continuing education opportunities via remote telecommunication. Banner MD Anderson physicians will be made available to Summit Healthcare Cancer Center physicians for informational consultations regarding oncology diagnoses and treatments.
“Summit Healthcare already has a collaboration agreement with Banner to provide our patients with a higher level of care that we may not be able to provide, said Ron McArthur, CEO of Summit Healthcare. “Adding this extension to the agreement with Banner MD Anderson provides our cancer patients who need a higher level of care seamless coordination between Summit Healthcare and Banner MD Anderson.”
About Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Banner MD Anderson, located on the Banner Gateway campus, delivers cancer care to patients in Arizona through the collaboration of Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner MD Anderson offers focused disease-specific expertise in the medical, radiation and surgical management of the cancer patient; an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to patient care; access to clinical trials and new investigative therapies; state-of-the-art technology for the diagnosis, staging and treatment of all types of cancer; oncology expertise in supportive care services. For more information, visit www.BannerMDAnderson.com.
About Summit Healthcare
Summit Healthcare is a not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission to provide exceptional, compassionate care close to home. For further information, please call 928.537.4375 or visit our web site www.SummitHealthcare.net.