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. ••EndFragment