Published on June 10, 2016

North Mississippi Medical Center Joins UAB Health System Cancer Community Network

TUPELO, Miss. — North Mississippi Medical Center has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network as one of 12 associates in the network to expand access to leading cancer care. NMMC is the only UAB Health System Cancer Community Network associate in north Mississippi.

The UAB Health System Cancer Community Network, with associates in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi, was created to enhance cancer services in the Southeast by joining forces with community cancer centers to pursue high-quality patient outcomes, improve access to early detection and treatment, and provide optimal patient satisfaction. The program emphasizes collaboration between UAB and community cancer centers on evidence-based guidelines for cancer treatment.

“NMMC chose to become an associate with the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network to provide the best possible advanced care to our patients, , close to home,” said David Wilson, NMMC President. “We are proud to join forces with the network, which is led by UAB Medicine, a nationally ranked and recognized hospital and health system, and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Deep South and one of only 45 in the nation.”

NMMC Cancer Care offers comprehensive cancer services, including individualized evidence-based medicine and cutting edge technologies.

“Our association with the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network will give our patients the added benefit of our physicians and multidisciplinary teams collaborating with UAB physicians to pursue the highest quality of care as well as enhanced access to additional cancer consultations, screenings and information on the latest clinical trials available,” said Beth Bryant, NMMC Oncology Services Administrator. “The overall goal of this association is to enhance our already well-established cancer program by providing patients access to UAB’s best practices in cancer care at a local level.”

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is known for its depth and breadth of cancer research that is unmatched in the region. “We look forward to working with NMMC Cancer Care to leverage each other’s strengths and offer access to leading-edge care and research to north Mississippi,” said Edward Partridge, M.D., director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. “UAB’s cancer scientists and clinicians are making discoveries every day, and with the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network, we have the opportunity to collaborate with cancer care providers across the region to increase access to those discoveries, ultimately saving more lives.”

Most recently, the UAB Cancer Center received a five-year, $29 million Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute to renew support for its cancer research program through 2021. The Cancer Center will receive nearly $6 million per year to support six research programs, as well as 14 shared facilities and services.

The Cancer Center Support Grant is the most prestigious federal grant that can be earned by an institution with significant cancer research and patient-care programs. The renewal also extends UAB’s elite “comprehensive” designation, which is characterized by scientific excellence and the ability to integrate diverse research approaches in the fight against cancer.

As Alabama’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, and the only one in a six-state region, the UAB Cancer Center will work closely with each network associate to support its cancer center program’s growth by providing access to UAB’s best practices in cancer care, expanded access to leading-edge clinical trials and support services and to physician and nursing education, and access to research expertise and resources at a local level.

NMMC Cancer Care is one of 12 UAB Health System Cancer Community Network associates. Other associates include Montgomery Cancer Center, in Montgomery Ala., USA Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile, Ala., Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Ala., Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Ala., Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala., Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, Fla., Marshall Medical Centers in Guntersville and Boaz, Ala. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., Singing River Health System in Pascagoula, Miss., and Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

About the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is among the 45 cancer centers in the nation to meet the stringent criteria for the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive designation. The center is a leader in groundbreaking research, in reducing cancer disparities and in leading-edge patient care.

About NMMC Cancer Care

NMMC Cancer Care uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat cancer. The physicians, nurses and support staff work together as a team and actively involve patients and family members in cancer care.

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