Attorney George F. Indest III HeadshotBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida (Baptist) announced a new “Cancer Alliance.” This unique alliance gives MSK a chance to expand its reach to Florida and bring the latest in clinical trials along with it. Hospitals such as Baptist, benefit greatly from Sloan-Kettering’s resources and impressive reputation. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is one of the most renowned cancer centers in the world and rated second for cancer care in the nation, according to a report by U.S. News & World.

Alliance Fulfills Fundamental Needs of Cancer Care in Florida.

Community hospitals in Florida, such as Baptist not only benefit from new resources, they will now have access to MSK’s physicians, latest treatment protocols and education resources. Baptist President and CEO Brian E. Keeley said its collaboration with MSK will save lives by bringing evidence-based, world-class treatment to its seven hospitals and more than 50 outpatient facilities throughout South Florida.

Baptist, which is based in Miami, is building a new $430 million cancer center on its main campus. It will feature South Florida’s first proton therapy center and will host advanced cancer fighting technologies.

Benefits For Both Institutions.

Baptist is not the only institution gaining from the alliance. MSK will gain access to hundreds of patients across the country for which clinical trials may be beneficial. The New York-based hospital will collaborate with physicians at Baptist on cancer treatments and clinical trials to introduce the latest and greatest therapies. In a statement, Dr. Craig B. Thompson, president and CEO of MSK said, “Today, we recognize the need to do more. Central to our mission is eradicating cancer, and through the MSK Cancer Alliance – and in collaboration with Miami Cancer Institute – we have a unique opportunity to share our knowledge and best practices with a wider patient population.”

In addition, clinical trials often attract more patients who are facing rare cancers and do not respond to conventional treatments. Which in return, gives the local hospitals the ability to gain valuable experience and become a well-known resource themselves.

To read the press release issued by MSK, click here.

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Goldberg, Dan. “Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Alliance Expands to Florida.” Politico New York/AHLA. (February 10, 2016). Web.

Bendell, Brian. “Baptist Health’s cancer institute aligns with Memorial Sloan Kettering.” South Florida Business Journal. (February 10, 2016). Web.

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida area. www.TheHealth The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone; (407) 331-6620

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