Published on July 11th, 2014 |


Piedmont Healthcare affiliates with MD Anderson Cancer Network

Piedmont Healthcare of Buckhead has become an affiliate of the MD Anderson Cancer Network in an effort to compete with other health systems in the metro area. The move ties Atlanta’s third-largest hospital to one of the biggest cancer-care names in the country.

The move is similar to the one WellStar Health System Inc. announced with the Mayo Clinic in February, and reflects a trend of community health systems partnering with national brands to extend their national reach.

From September 2012 to August 2013, Piedmont’s four hospitals saw 3,290 new cancer patients and treated 1,143 recurrent or progressive cases that had previously been treated elsewhere.

The health system is the first in the state to align itself with The University of Texas’ MD Anderson, which was ranked No. 1 in cancer care by U.S. News and World Report 10 out of the last 12 years.

The Houston-based center began working with community affiliates 13 years ago, after it started receiving many questions from other hospitals about its best practices. It also wanted to increase market penetration.

“We believe that when possible, patients are treated best when they can stay close to home,” said Melanie Wong, vice president of strategy and business development at MD Anderson. “Also, we’re limited in the number of patients we can take, in size and in resources …”

The MD Anderson network was created two years ago. It has 13 members around the country.

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