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New Partnership Offers Springfield Cancer Patients High-Quality Care Close to Home

May 5 2022

With a more than 130-year history of providing care in this community, Mercy Health – Springfield, which includes the Springfield Regional Medical Center and the Urbana Hospital, has helped guide patients living with cancer from diagnosis through treatment.

We are excited to share that the resources and care provided to our patients has become even more comprehensive due to the affiliation between our ministry and The James Cancer Network at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital as well as Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

As the Springfield region’s largest health care system, we have aligned with Ohio’s most renowned cancer center to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art and compassionate cancer care to our community. This affiliation provides our Springfield physicians and patients access to the expertise and specialists at the OSUCCC – James while allowing patients to stay close to home where they will be near their loved ones and support system.

“Mercy Health – Springfield and the OSUCCC – James are creating a sophisticated collaboration that offers enhanced benefits to our patients,” Adam Groshans, president of Mercy Health – Springfield, shares. “We are proud to partner with such a respected name in cancer care and believe that together we will make a difference in the lives of those who are battling this disease.”

William Farrar, MD, CEO at the OSUCCC – James, adds, “expanding access to high-quality cancer care and clinical trials while minimizing the travel burden for patients and families is a priority at the OSUCCC – James. We know that through this collaboration with Mercy Health – Springfield, more patients in Clark and Champaign counties will have access to the most innovative and state-of-the-art cancer treatments and research available. There is nothing more important to us than curing cancer, and this new affiliation enables us to expand the scope of cancer care into the community while extending our shared vision of creating a cancer-free world.”

Cancer is the second leading cause of death nationwide and Ohio is among the nation’s leaders in both cancer rates and cancer-related mortality, ranking eighth and sixth respectively. In 2016, more than 25,000 Ohioans died of cancer.

Our Springfield cancer program provides integrated multidisciplinary care and is accredited from the nationally recognized Commission on Cancer. Using leading-edge technology, our team collaborates to provide evidence-based care to our patients to optimize recovery and survival rates.

The OSUCCC – James, which is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center, has more than 200 oncologists, each of whom specializes in just one type of cancer. The OSUCCC – James also offers expert sub-specialization, which leads to more productive integration with cancer research and, ultimately, to better outcomes.

“Cancer has likely impacted most people’s lives in some form. It can be a very difficult and frightening diagnosis,” said Daljeet Singh, MD, one of our Springfield medical oncologists, shares. “Residents of Springfield and the surrounding communities can now be comforted in knowing that the Mercy Health – Springfield team is collaborating with the ultra-specialized experts from The James. We are dedicated to conquering cancer and will start by treating the patients in the community we serve.”

This collaboration is part of the larger Healthy State Alliance between the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, a world-class, academic medical center and Mercy Health, the largest health care provider in the state with the goal of transforming the health of the communities we serve.

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