Summit Medical Group and MD Anderson Cancer Center Officially Launch Partnership to Bring Premier Cancer Treatment Advances to Northern New Jersey

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First-of-its-kind partnership between national cancer care leader and NJ’s largest multispecialty physician group illustrates commitment to deliver integrated world-class cancer care to northern New Jersey

Our new partnership will deepen and enhance our current cancer services by providing a new level of expertise and collaboration. -- Jeffrey Le Benger, MD, chairman and chief executive officer of Summit Medical Group

Today, Summit Medical Group (SMG) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are proud to announce the launch of their partnership to create the Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center.

An extension of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, Summit Medical Group will now be clinically and operationally integrated with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper joined MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, in 2013. Summit Medical Group is honored to be one of four partner members of the network and is excited to contribute to MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer. This partnership is the first of its kind between MD Anderson and a physician-owned-and-governed multispecialty group.

Through its relationship with MD Anderson Cancer Center, Summit Medical Group will now provide MD Anderson’s world-renowned cancer care to patients at its locations throughout northern New Jersey.

With a special emphasis on continuity of care, the new Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center will provide fully integrated, multidisciplinary cancer care for patients in northern New Jersey. The program, which provides medical oncology, infusion and diagnostic imaging, is already in place at Summit Medical Group’s flagship campus at 1 Diamond Hill Road in Berkeley Heights. Plans are underway to build a state-of-the-art, 130,000-square-foot building adjacent to Summit Medical Group’s new facility at 140 Park Avenue in Florham Park, New Jersey, with future services to include radiation oncology. Groundbreaking is expected at the new site this summer.

“Our new partnership will deepen and enhance our current cancer services by providing a new level of expertise and collaboration,” said Jeffrey Le Benger, MD, chairman and chief executive officer of Summit Medical Group. “Within our multidisciplinary patient-centered healthcare model, Summit Medical Group patients will have access to enhanced cancer treatment, including MD Anderson’s world-renowned treatment protocols, extensive clinical trials and cutting-edge research. We will continue to provide comprehensive cancer care to our patients—from screening and diagnosis to survivorship—preserving the patient-physician relationships that have existed for many years. ”

“New Jersey residents, whether they live in the southern or northern part of the state, now have access to the expertise and top quality care that comes with the No. 1 cancer center in the nation, MD Anderson,” said Adrienne Kirby, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO of Cooper University Health Care. “With MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and the Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center, Garden State residents can obtain the very best cancer care close to home.”

“Our partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper has allowed MD Anderson to bring its standard of quality cancer care to patients in south New Jersey, but we will extend our reach even further and deeper into northern communities with SMG as a partner,” said Margaret Row, M.D., vice president, MD Anderson Cancer Network. “Like MD Anderson at Cooper, we have a partner in SMG that shares our mission to eliminate cancer and take an active role in working toward that goal.”

About Summit Medical Group

Summit Medical Group (SMG) is the largest privately held multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey. SMG maintains a 42-acre healthcare campus in Berkeley Heights and more than 65 additional practice locations in central and northern New Jersey. As an East Coast premier multispecialty group, SMG has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more, visit http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com.

About MD Anderson

Located in Houston, MD Anderson is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. For the past 25 years, it has ranked as one of the top two cancer treatment centers in the United States. Since its inception in 1941, nearly 1 million patients have sought the innovative cancer care and prevention services that have made MD Anderson so widely respected. MD Anderson employs more than 20,000 people, including more than 1,800 physicians and scientists.

About MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Cooper University Health Care and MD Anderson Cancer Center partnered to create MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and opened a new freestanding cancer center on the Health Sciences Campus in Camden, New Jersey, in 2013. MD Anderson at Cooper brings together MD Anderson’s world-renowned expertise and Cooper’s regional leadership in a partnership that opens up a broader range of options for cancer patients in South Jersey, Delaware and the Greater Philadelphia region. MD Anderson at Cooper physicians, in Camden, Voorhees, Willingboro and Mount Laurel (CyberKnife), N.J., locations, adhere to the philosophy, process and guidelines set by MD Anderson in Houston, and patients receive the same proven practice standards and treatment protocols provided at MD Anderson. Disease-site specific multidisciplinary teams, consisting of physicians, nurses and other clinical specialists, work together to provide cancer patients with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies as well as access to a wide range of groundbreaking clinical trials.

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