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Oakwood Healthcare System and UMCCC form affiliation

Dearborn, Mich. ¬- ¬- Oakwood Healthcare System¬'s Cancer Center and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have entered into an affiliation agreement to collaborate on programs that Oakwood offers to cancer patients in all areas of oncology.

As a member of the University of Michigan Cancer Center Network, Oakwood will work with the U-M to promote clinical research projects that will expand the availability of clinical trials to the community. In addition, the institutions will share resources and collaborate on cancer care treatments and coordinate initiatives related to prevention, quality and efficiency in a systematic approach.

"Oakwood has spent several years developing a quality community-based cancer center and its physicians have earned excellent reputations for the quality care they provide. To now provide unique cancer treatments and other resources primarily available only at academic medical centers such as the University of Michigan, will only enhance the quality of our existing services," states Omar M. Salazar, MD, FACR, FACRO, Interim Director of Oakwood¬'s Cancer Center and Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology. "A relationship with a nationally-recognized program like the University of Michigan¬'s, sends a strong message to the communities we serve that, as devastating as a cancer diagnosis can be, Oakwood is here with all the comprehensive resources to provide the optimal care, close to home."

"We are very pleased to formally affiliate with Oakwood ¬- a fine community hospital with a large and diverse patient population," said Max S. Wicha, MD, director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. "The University of Michigan Cancer Center has a history of collaboration with Oakwood, particularly in the areas of bone marrow transplantation and clinical trials, and this new affiliation will extend our ability to offer more patients access to clinical trials and state-of-the-art treatment guidelines," continued Wicha.

Oakwood¬'s Cancer Center is part of the Oakwood Healthcare System, a comprehensive regional network providing services to more than 1.2 million people in over 35 southeastern Michigan communities.

Oakwood joins Foote Hospital in Jackson, Mt. Clemens General Hospital, and Providence Health System in Novi and Southfield, and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor as current members of the U-M Cancer Center Network ¬- a growing group of select hospitals and physician practices throughout the region dedicated to improving cancer care. The Network was created in 1999 by the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated center ranked among the top 15 programs in the country for cancer prevention, treatment and research.


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