Northeast Times

Cancer center becomes part of Temple network

— Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter will keep its name and plans to ex­pand its ser­vices.

Jeanes Hos­pit­al CEO, Linda Grass, speaks at the Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter dur­ing a cel­eb­ra­tion to mark the af­fil­i­ation between Temple and Fox Chase, Wed­nes­day, Ju­ly 11, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)

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Em­ploy­ees of Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter and Jeanes Hos­pit­al came to­geth­er last week to mark the can­cer cen­ter’s of­fi­cial af­fil­i­ation with the Temple Uni­versity Health Sys­tem.

An af­fil­i­ation agree­ment was signed on Dec. 15, 2011. It be­came of­fi­cial on Ju­ly 1. The Fox Chase name will stay.

Fox Chase, at 333 Cottman Ave., will ex­pand its out­pa­tient and sur­gic­al-care ser­vices with­in its ex­ist­ing fa­cil­it­ies and through the use of leased space in neigh­bor­ing Jeanes Hos­pit­al, an af­fil­i­ate of Temple Uni­versity Health Sys­tem since 1996.

“We are pleased to wel­come Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter in­to Temple’s health­care en­ter­prise,” said Dr. Larry R. Kais­er, pres­id­ent and CEO of Temple Uni­versity Health Sys­tem. “The ad­di­tion of Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter — one of only forty-one Na­tion­al Can­cer In­sti­tute-des­ig­nated com­pre­hens­ive can­cer cen­ters in the U.S. — so­lid­i­fies Temple’s po­s­i­tion as a lead­er in can­cer care and trans­la­tion­al re­search. It also sets the stage for ex­cit­ing and nu­mer­ous op­por­tun­it­ies to grow and en­hance can­cer-re­lated pa­tient care, re­search and edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams.”

Kais­er and oth­ers from Temple’s Broad Street cam­pus came to the Fox Chase court­yard on Ju­ly 11 for a “Mak­ing His­tory To­geth­er” cel­eb­ra­tion.

Guests were treated to food and drinks. Lt. Gov. Jim Caw­ley and loc­al elec­ted of­fi­cials were in at­tend­ance.

“Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter is com­mit­ted to serving as one of the na­tion’s top com­pre­hens­ive can­cer cen­ters, de­liv­er­ing world-class care to our pa­tients and re­main­ing at the fore­front of sci­entif­ic dis­cov­ery,” said Dr. Mi­chael V. Seiden, pres­id­ent and CEO of the cen­ter since June 2007. “Now, as a mem­ber of Temple Uni­versity Health Sys­tem, we are in a stronger po­s­i­tion than ever be­fore to meet the needs of cur­rent and fu­ture can­cer pa­tients.”

Col­lab­or­a­tion between phys­i­cian-sci­ent­ists at Temple Uni­versity School of Medi­cine and Fox Chase is in­ten­ded to ac­cel­er­ate the pace of dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment of ap­proaches to can­cer pre­ven­tion and treat­ment. At the same time, it is meant to re­cruit and re­tain top re­search­ers and clini­cians.

In Phil­adelphia, there are just two Na­tion­al Can­cer In­sti­tute-des­ig­nated com­pre­hens­ive care cen­ters. Fox Chase is one, earn­ing the des­ig­na­tion in 1974. The Uni­versity of Pennsylvania’s Ab­ramson Can­cer Cen­ter is the oth­er.

Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter, formerly in­de­pend­ent, wanted to ex­pand by mov­ing in­to the ad­ja­cent Burholme Park, but the courts ruled against the pro­pos­al. The af­fil­i­ation with Temple means that Fox Chase and Jeanes now sit on a 47.5-acre con­tigu­ous site.

Jeanes re­mains a com­munity-based hos­pit­al of­fer­ing med­ic­al, sur­gic­al and emer­gency ser­vices. Pres­id­ent and CEO Linda J. Grass at­ten­ded the event.

Fox Chase will main­tain its 2,500 jobs and ex­pects rev­en­ue to grow.

State Sen. Mike Stack (D-5th dist.), a mem­ber of the Temple Uni­versity Board of Trust­ees, de­scribed Temple as a renowned aca­dem­ic med­ic­al cen­ter and Fox Chase as a North­east land­mark and lead­ing can­cer re­search in­sti­tu­tion. Both are “beacons of hope” for pa­tients.

“North­east Phil­adelphia is for­tu­nate to have a net­work of Temple health fa­cil­it­ies to ac­cess,” he said. “To­geth­er, Temple and Fox Chase will con­trib­ute to fur­ther ad­vances in can­cer pre­ven­tion and treat­ment, with the ul­ti­mate goal of cur­ing this dis­ease.”

The Temple Uni­versity Health Sys­tem also in­cludes Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al; TUH-Epis­copal Cam­pus, at 100 E. Le­high Ave; TUH-North­east­ern Cam­pus, an am­bu­lat­ory care cen­ter at 2301 E. Al­legheny Ave.; Temple Trans­port Team, a ground and air-am­bu­lance com­pany; and Temple Phys­i­cians Inc., a net­work of com­munity-based spe­cialty and primary-care phys­i­cian prac­tices. ••

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