Three MBOs Awarded $2.7 Million to Continue Participation in NCI Community Cancer Centers Program
Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA; Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs, CO; and three CHI Nebraska hospitals – Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney; Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln; and Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island – were awarded $2.7 million by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue participation in its National Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) through June 2014. The NCCCP is a collaborative network 21 community hospital cancer centers working to expand cancer research, enhance access to care and improve quality of care for cancer patients served by community hospitals in urban, suburban and rural areas, with an emphasis on underserved populations. The majority of U.S. cancer patients are diagnosed and treated for the disease in their local communities, where they can remain closer to home rather than commuting to major academic medical centers. The NCCCP network has served approximately 53,000 new cancer cases each year since its inception in 2007.
CHI's continued participation in the program supports its National Oncology Service Line and the NCI’s overall goals of accelerating cancer research and improving outcomes for cancer patients across the U.S.