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Partnership will provide northern Nevadans and physicians with expanded cancer programs and resources
Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) has partnered with Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer to expand the clinical, research and education opportunities for cancer providers, patients, caregivers and families in northern Nevada.
Through the exclusive affiliation in the Reno area, Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer and NVCI will offer all patients and caregivers access to community resources, through the work of a community resource liaison, regardless of where the patients are treated. The affiliation will work to expand the breadth of cancer care services and research in northern Nevada, including enabling Saint Mary’s physicians to become affiliate members of NVCI. The Institute will also work with Saint Mary’s to provide accredited continuing medical education for physicians, nurses and other health care professionals about the latest developments in cancer screening, treatment and survivorship.
As part of this partnership, NVCI will have an office located at Saint Mary’s that is expected to open in early October.
“We wish to thank NCVI for recognizing our outstanding quality patient care. As northern Nevada’s newest accredited center for cancer, as accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, we are excited about our exclusive partnership with Nevada Cancer Institute, as it will allow us to collaborate and provide enhanced resources for providers, patients and caregivers,” said Mike Uboldi, president and CEO of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “Having the official cancer institute of Nevada at our campus is another opportunity to expand our services and reach more patients in northern Nevada and offer quality care so that cancer patients can stay in Nevada for treatment.”
NVCI’s Director and CEO, John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D., said: “Through this partnership with Saint Mary’s and Nevada Cancer Institute, we can make a real impact on the lives of Nevadans through education, treatment and research. We look forward to bringing additional resources to northern Nevada, for providers, patients and caregivers, and forging a long-term partnership with Saint Mary’s that will change the face of cancer care in northern Nevada.”
Under the affiliation agreement, NVCI will provide educational collaboration, including accredited continuing medical education conferences and programs, as well as monthly grand rounds, either in-person or via videoconference.
The affiliation also will enable Saint Mary’s physicians to apply to become affiliate members of NVCI, participating in the Institute’s quality assurance programs. NVCI will serve as a resource for second opinions and subspecialty cancer care not otherwise available in the area. A preceptorship program also will be developed, focusing on enhancement of graduate medical education through observation and shadowing of NVCI clinical professionals.
Saint Mary’s and NVCI will explore potential screening collaborations, as well as Internet-based educational programs.
NVCI’s office will be located at 645 N. Arlington Ave at the Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer and opens in October. Those interested in learning more about NVCI, Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer and their programs can call (775)770-7410.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, where he completed a dissertation on social media, journalism and crisis communications. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.