Nanticoke and PRMC agree on partnership

Seaford's Nanticoke Memorial Hospital has entered into a three-year management and professional services partnership with Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., to provide cancer services at the hospital's Nanticoke Cancer Care Center. Cancer care specialists of Peninsula Regional's Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute will offer medical oncology and hematology services and staff a new medical oncology physician office at the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center. Well-known medical oncologist James Martin, MD of Peninsula Regional Oncology and Hematology will serve as medical director of the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center and will see patients until a permanent oncologist is recruited. Dr. Martin will also continue seeing patients at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute. "For many years Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital have worked collaboratively in coordinating and providing specialty health care options, including cardiology services, for Sussex County residents," stated Steve Rose, president/CEO of Nanticoke Health Services.

Nanticoke Cancer Care Center patients will have access to oncology research and clinical trials available at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute through its affiliations with the National Cancer Institute trials, pharmaceutical sponsored clinical research and collaboration with academic centers such as Johns Hopkins University. In addition, patients will benefit from specialty and sub-specialty care through the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute's Centers of Excellence. Peninsula Regional Oncology and Hematology is currently recruiting a new medical oncologist who will see patients full-time at the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center. The two health care organizations have also agreed to cooperate in the ongoing development and operation of a community-based cancer center in the Seaford area and expect additional cancer care services to be added in the future.

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