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Patients in Northern New Jersey, Tristate Area Can Access Leading Care Through Summit Medical Group MD Anderson

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center’s clinical partner, recently was named the nation’s No. 1 hospital for cancer care, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” annual survey.

Since the rankings began in 1990, the Houston, Texas-based institution consistently has been ranked one of the top two cancer hospitals in the nation and has held the top position nine times in the last 10 years.

Summit Medical Group (SMG), with locations throughout Northern New Jersey, announced the partnership in April. As one of four partners in the United States clinically integrated with MD Anderson Cancer Center, Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center has access to the Houston institution’s subspecialized expertise, evidence-based care guidelines and innovative approaches. MD Anderson’s partnership with SMG marks the first time it has partnered with a physician-owned and -governed multispecialty group.

“Within our multidisciplinary, patient-centered healthcare model, Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center patients have access to enhanced cancer treatment, including MD Anderson’s cutting edge treatment protocols, clinical trials and research,” said Jeffrey Le Benger, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Summit Medical Group. “And we will continue to provide comprehensive cancer care to our patients—from screening and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.”

Summit Medical Group MD Anderson, which provides medical oncology, surgical oncology, infusion and diagnostic imaging, is already in place at Summit Medical Group’s flagship campus at 1 Diamond Hill Road in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Plans are also 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 fall.

About Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center
With a special emphasis on continuity of care, the Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center was formed in 2016 through a partnership between Summit Medical Group (SMG) and MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide fully integrated, multidisciplinary cancer care for patients in northern New Jersey and the tristate area. An extension of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, New Jersey, Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center is clinically integrated with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper joined MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, in 2013. Summit Medical Group is one of four partner members of the network and contributes to MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer. For more information, visit http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/service/Oncology-Center/.

About MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention.The institution’s sole mission is to end cancer for patients and their families around the world. Last year, more than 135,000 individuals came to MD Anderson for not only the largest clinical trials program in the world, but for its signature multidisciplinary care. MD Anderson in Houston employs almost 21,000 cancer fighters, including nearly 1,700 physicians and scientists.

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