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Piedmont joins MD Anderson Cancer Network
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Special Photo / From left, Marietta residents Greg, Jack, Christine and Henry Foster. Greg Foster, who has a brain tumor, is one of more than 700 Georgia cancer patients who traveled to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in a 12-month period between 2012 and 2013 to seek treatment. Now, thanks to Piedmont Healthcare’s partnership with the center’s network, he will be treated at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.
Special Photo / From left, Marietta residents Greg, Jack, Christine and Henry Foster. Greg Foster, who has a brain tumor, is one of more than 700 Georgia cancer patients who traveled to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in a 12-month period between 2012 and 2013 to seek treatment. Now, thanks to Piedmont Healthcare’s partnership with the center’s network, he will be treated at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.
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Buckhead-based Piedmont Healthcare Thursday announced it is the only health system in Georgia to become an affiliate of the nationally renowned MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Two of Piedmont’s five hospitals are now certified members of MD Anderson Cancer Center — Piedmont Atlanta in Buckhead and Piedmont Fayette in Fayetteville, and it started implementing the association with MD Anderson in April.
Its other three campuses - Piedmont Henry in Stockbridge, Piedmont Mountainside in Jasper and Piedmont Newnan in Coweta County - are expected to become members in the future.

“Our affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network ensures our patients receive cancer care based on best practices developed by one of America’s leading cancer care providers,” Piedmont Healthcare CEO Kevin Brown said in a statement. “While excellent care has always been provided at Piedmont, this collaboration takes our quality assurances to a new level.”

For 10 of the past 12 years, including 2013, MD Anderson has ranked No. 1 in cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals survey.

“MD Anderson Cancer Network was created to advance our mission of eliminating cancer by sharing our knowledge and extending our multidisciplinary care,” Thomas Burke, M.D., executive vice president of MD Anderson Cancer Network, said in a statement. “Piedmont is a respected organization with a long history of providing high quality, patient-centered care. Our new affiliation builds on Piedmont’s strengths by adding MD Anderson’s cancer expertise, and we’re confident it will raise the bar even higher for cancer care in Georgia.”

Piedmont is dedicated to providing excellent cancer care from detection, diagnosis and research to treatment, education and support. The hospital system works to ease the struggles often associated with the cancer journey by providing patient navigators, financial counselors and free supportive therapies in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Newnan and Stockbridge. It is Piedmont’s dedication to Georgia residents affected by cancer that led the organization to raise its degree of collaboration in managing patient care with MD Anderson experts and become certified by its cancer network. Currently, there are only 12 others in the nation.

“By teaming up, we’re combining the best of what we provide locally with the world-renown expertise of MD Anderson,” oncologist Perry Ballard, M.D., said in a statement. “This collaboration provides those Piedmont physicians also certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network with access to evidence-based, disease-specific guidelines for cancer treatment, prevention, early detection and follow-up care developed by a national leader in cancer care.”

Information: www.piedmontcancer.org or www.mdanderson.org
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