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Published on October 17, 2016

St. Vincent's patients now have access to Mayo Clinic's cancer care

By Alexa Epitropoulos, Jacksonville Business Journal

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center located at St. Vincent's Riverside – a collaboration between St. Vincent's and Mayo – is now open to patients.

The cancer center, which is housed in a 11,500-square-foot medical suite on the same grounds as St. Vincent's, will offer cancer services to patients visiting the hospital starting on Oct. 17.

Mayo Clinic physicians from the hospital's Department of Hematology and Oncology will staff the dedicated medical clinic, but St. Vincent's will be handling all other clinical and administrative responsibilities. The services offered at the facility include medical oncology, chemotherapy and multidisciplinary disease specialized care for different types of cancer.

St. Vincent's Chief Operating Officer Tom VanOsdol said the collaboration will allow St. Vincent's patients to have access to high-quality cancer care.

"This collaboration is all about providing the people of our community access to the most advanced cancer care available anywhere, right here at home," VanOsdol said in a news release. “At the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center located at St. Vincent’s Riverside, patients will receive the best of both worlds: world-renowned cancer care delivered by Mayo physicians in the holistic, compassionate tradition of St. Vincent’s and in our beautiful setting along the St. Johns River.”

Mayo Clinic CEO Gianrico Farrugia said the collaboration with St. Vincent's will, in turn, bring Mayo's services closer to more communities.

“We are excited to launch this community collaboration and we look forward to further meeting the needs of cancer patients, right here in their own community,” Farrugia said in the release. “This community collaboration will enable patients to receive cancer care at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center at St. Vincent’s and come to Mayo’s San Pablo Road campus when they need highly complex care, such as bone marrow transplants.”

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute, and one of two designated in the state.

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