KCI Moves to Norton Healthcare
Kentuckiana Cancer Institute to Join Norton Healthcare
LOUISVILLE, KY. (December 23, 2011): Kentuckiana Cancer Institute (KCI) officials today announced an agreement to join Norton Cancer Institute, part of the Norton Healthcare system. The agreement, which includes nine oncologists, will expand the depth and reach of Norton Healthcare’s regional cancer care options while bringing access to additional services to current KCI patients. KCI provides medical oncology, hematology and infusion services to some 5,000 patients in the Louisville area and Southern Indiana.
“As the dialogue between both institutes evolved, we were excited about both the possibilities of working together to fight cancer and the remarkable synergies that result both in the patient care as well as the clinical research arenas,” said Robert N. Shaw, president, Norton Cancer Institute. “We have long recognized the need for greater collaboration and increased access to comprehensive treatment throughout our community. This agreement better enables Norton Healthcare, Norton Cancer Institute and the physicians of KCI to help meet the needs of our community.”
With KCI operations in downtown and northeastern Louisville, LaGrange, Bardstown, Corydon, Clarksville and New Albany, KCI officials saw clear benefits in aligning with Norton Healthcare. “Norton Cancer Institute is a leading provider of cancer care in the region, with an expansive and comprehensive array of innovative treatment options,” said Renato LaRocca, M.D., director of KCI. “This agreement will provide our patients with access to services and support programs, as well as expanded clinical trial options, that are ahead of the curve and will yield a measurable impact on oncology outcomes.”
“Partnering with Norton Healthcare and Norton Cancer Institute represents a tremendous opportunity for KCI,” said Shawn Glisson, M.D, physician of KCI, “and will lead to excellent outcomes and access to care for our patients and their families. We are very excited to work with the great physicians of Norton Cancer Institute and the excellent medical staff and nurses at Norton Healthcare.”
Current KCI patients will soon receive letters advising them of today’s agreement with Norton Healthcare, along with details of any changes regarding where they should go for treatment or regularly scheduled medical consultations. If patients have questions, they should call the transition line at (502) 588-9411, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
About Norton Cancer Institute
Norton Cancer Institute’s award-winning team has attained the only network accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer with commendation in Kentucky, won three Press Ganey Summit Awards for being in the top 5 percent in customer service for the last five years, and is the only hospital-based cancer program in Kentucky to be certified by the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). Norton Cancer Institute is dedicated to offering patients confidence and hope through a multidisciplinary approach to advanced cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Norton Cancer Institute offers a broad range of cancer specialists, services and programs, including an orthopaedic oncologist; the da Vinci surgical system; a $1 million Mobile Prevention Center; and cancer radiation centers with iMRT, BrainLab radiotherapy and MammoSite technology. A new institute building with state-of-the-art radiation oncology capabilities and multidisciplinary clinic space opened in downtown Louisville on Aug. 1, 2011. Norton Cancer Institute also provides extensive educational, physical and emotional support services, as well as a variety of cancer research studies and clinical trials. Norton Cancer Institute is designated by the American College of Surgeons as the only accredited Network Cancer Program in Kentucky and one of only 33 in the nation. In 2010, Norton Cancer Institute was selected to join the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program. The program is designed to create a community-based cancer center network to support research, enhance access to care, and increase quality at community hospitals throughout the nation. Norton Cancer Institute is the only NCCCP site in Kentucky and one of only 30 sites in the nation. In addition, Norton Cancer Institute collaborates with the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky and Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida to advance the availability of discovery and clinical research trials to cancer patients throughout the Commonwealth. More information is available at NortonCancerInstitute.com.
About Norton Healthcare
For more than 125 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is the Louisville, Ky. area’s leading hospital and health care system (46 percent market share) and third largest private employer, providing care at more than 125 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with more than 1,800 licensed beds; five outpatient centers; 12 Norton Immediate Care Centers; 11,600 employees; nearly 550 employed medical providers; and in excess of 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Norton Healthcare is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award, along with the 2011 Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award. The organization has consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in Metro Louisville, the state of Kentucky and nationally. Norton Healthcare and Humana are one of only four national pilot sites, and the only one in Kentucky, to study the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model through the prestigious Brookings – Dartmouth ACO Pilot Project. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at NortonHealthcare.com.