Stanford Health Care and Sutter Health have signed a letter of intent to explore strategic collaboration to serve patients in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The parties seek to leverage synergies and capabilities to A) introduce an East Bay Oncology collaboration for expanded care coordination options B) enhance existing cancer services C) expand East Bay resident access to clinical trials D) develop a multidisciplinary cancer center in the East Bay modeled on the Stanford mode E) greatly expand overall cancer services options for East Bay residents and F) expand access to cancer services and clinical trials to traditionally underrepresented groups such as ethnic minorities that live in cities such as Oakland, Hayward, Richmond and Pittsburg, CA.

Complete Cancer Care Delivered in the East Bay

The health systems seek to offer high quality cancer care closed to patients homes. The East Bay is home to millions of people including a substantial African American, Latino and Asian population. By building on Stanford’s leadership in cancer care and clinical research, the Stanford Medicine network and Sutter’s integrated network, both organizations’ will leverage their deep commitments to caring for the whole patient and hence will infuse the East Bay with a full spectrum of coordinated, supportive care. The new East Bay oncology collaboration would help local patients simplify care coordination, reduce travel time and focus on treatment and recovery.

New Opportunity for Innovative Treatments

Cancer treatments evolve rapidly as new powerful therapies are approved by the FDA. This prospective collaboration will bring elite Silicon Valley clinical research and associated clinical trials access to the heavily populated East Bay. A primary goal would be clinical research as care options—helping to expand East Bay residents’ access to an expanded array of clinical trials.

Nationally Recognized Cancer and Integrated Care

Stanford Health Care brings it strength as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as its leadership as one of the founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of 26 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.

Stanford Healthcare is consistently recognized as one of the top hospitals in America for Cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. Stanford was recognized for overall quality and safety by Vizient in 2018 and awarded an “A” from the LeapFrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

Sutter Health an Elite System

Four Hospitals within Sutter Health, including Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (East Bay), have been recognized as top hospitals in California by U.S. News & World Report. ABSMC has also received the highest rating (5 stars) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Quality Ratings. Moreover, Sutter Health includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations.

Source: Stanford Medicine News Center

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