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Siteman Cancer Center launches affiliate network

Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo., is first to join collaborative effort to enhance cancer care, prevention

March 3, 2017

Mike Martin Media

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has launched the Siteman Cancer Network, an affiliation with regional medical centers that is aimed at improving the health of individuals and communities through cancer research, treatment and prevention.

Boone Hospital Center, one of Missouri’s top hospitals and part of BJC HealthCare, is the first affiliate in the network and will work with Siteman Cancer Center to provide access to cancer prevention and control strategies and genomic and genetic testing for mid-Missouri residents. Patients also will have access to highly specialized treatments and technologies, including clinical trials at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis.

“Siteman Cancer Center and Boone Hospital Center – through the Siteman Cancer Network – are committed to preventing cancer and transforming patient care in the communities we serve,” said Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, director of Siteman Cancer Center. “Together, we’re working to build a healthier Missouri.”

As Missouri’s only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute and only member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Siteman Cancer Center is committed to collaborating with other health-care providers to help improve the health and well-being of the region, Eberlein said.

The network affiliation period runs through December 2019 and annually renews for one year unless either party opts out.

Key components of network affiliation include:

  • A patient navigator to coordinate access to highly specialized care, including clinical trials, at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis for especially complex cases.
  • Assessment of cancer’s impact on mid-Missouri, and development of a plan to lessen the overall burden and measure results. Possibilities include a greater emphasis on reducing smoking rates and promoting cancer screening and other healthy activities.
  • Use of genomic and genetic testing to help identify more personalized, targeted treatments based on the characteristics of a patient’s disease.
  • Development of a database using that information (with each patient’s permission) to improve clinical care and patient outcomes.
  • Sharing of best practices to improve patient care. Examples include how nurses and radiation therapists are trained to care for oncology patients, and implementing industry-approved guidelines for survivorship, screening and genetic counseling programs.
  • Implementation of cancer-prevention strategies, such as the use of interactive tools, e-books, videos, individual coaching and online cancer risk assessment tools.
  • Development of targeted interventions to reduce cancer risk and evaluation of tools to measure success.

Missouri Cancer Associates, a private practice, is and will continue to be the only provider of medical oncology care at the Stewart Cancer Center at Boone Hospital.

“With the physicians of Missouri Cancer Associates, the Stewart Cancer Center at Boone Hospital provides top-level cancer care,” said Jim Sinek, president of Boone Hospital Center. “In becoming a member of the Siteman Cancer Network, we are only adding to the care delivery and treatment options for the residents of mid-Missouri.”

The network’s efforts to reduce the cancer burden also are expected to increase the number of people screened for cancer, which should result in earlier detection and improved health outcomes.

“The Siteman Cancer Network is a natural extension of Siteman Cancer Center’s commitment to prevent cancer and transform patient care in the communities we serve,” Eberlein said.

Siteman Cancer Center, ranked among the top cancer treatment centers by U.S. News & World Report, also is one of only a few cancer centers in the U.S. to receive the highest rating of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Comprising the cancer research, prevention and treatment programs of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Siteman is Missouri’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and the state’s only member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.​​

Boone Hospital Center is a 397-bed full-service hospital located in Columbia, Mo. The hospital provides progressive health-care programs, services and technology to residents in 25 mid-Missouri counties. Boone Hospital Center has been named the top hospital in mid-Missouri by U.S. News & World Report for 2015 and 2016 and is designated as a Magnet® Hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital is affiliated with BJC HealthCare in St. Louis.

The Stewart Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art, 32-bed inpatient cancer unit, is a collaboration between Boone Hospital and Virginia and Norm Stewart. Many people know Norm for his hall-of-fame career coaching the University of Missouri men’s basketball team. Norm is also a cancer survivor and founder of Coaches vs. Cancer. He and his wife, Virginia, chose to work alongside Boone Hospital on this project to help raise awareness of cancer and encourage mid-Missourians to get screened.

Siteman Cancer Network, an affiliation of Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis and and regional health systems and hospitals, is committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities through research, treatment and prevention efforts. Together, the network and its affiliates work to expand access to cancer prevention and control strategies, clinical studies and genomic and genetic testing, all aimed at reducing the burden of cancer.