Sutter Health and Stanford Medicine have formalized a joint venture between the two health systems to expand access to coordinated, state-of-the-art cancer services for patients and their families in the East Bay. The Stanford Medicine | Sutter Health Cancer Collaborative will offer residents and their families an integrated and comprehensive suite of outpatient cancer-related services, including seamless coordination of early detection, cancer care and support programs. The joint venture also includes the construction of an integrated, multidisciplinary outpatient cancer center.
“Through an integrated approach and partnership, Sutter Health and Stanford Medicine will provide enhanced cancer care services in the East Bay,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “By working together, we can make an even greater positive impact on the communities we serve, including vulnerable populations, so that patients and their families can focus on treatment and recovery.”
The collaborative cancer program will partner Stanford Medicine’s leading cancer program with Sutter’s longstanding integrated network of care, which has served patients in the East Bay for more than a century. Patients will have access to the highest level of quality, innovative care and leading-edge academic clinical trials.
“We are thrilled to formalize our collaboration with Sutter Health and together bring the highest level of cancer care to patients in the East Bay,” said David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care. “We believe the best possible care for patients involves an environment where patients and their families can have access to the full spectrum of early detection, cancer care, and survivorship services close to their homes. The Stanford Medicine | Sutter Health Cancer Collaborative is a significant investment in the East Bay community and will build upon Stanford Health Care’s and Sutter Health’s strengths in cancer care and high-quality, integrated networks to provide all East Bay patients with the best care, close to home.”
The collaborative also includes plans to develop an integrated, multidisciplinary outpatient cancer center in the East Bay, modeled on the highly successful Stanford Cancer Center South Bay — which has provided world-class cancer care for over five years to the local community. The new cancer center will serve as a local hub for cancer care and offer East Bay patients and their families access to the most advanced, complete and coordinated care from screening through survivorship.
The proposed site is on the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center campus in Oakland on land owned by Sutter Health. A new medical office building on this site will house the cancer center, which will include imaging, lab, infusion, and radiation therapy services; the building will also house physician offices and an ambulatory surgery center. When completed, the cancer center will serve as a local hub for state-of-the-art cancer care, and by integrating care locations and reducing travel time, the single-destination, single-team service will help patients focus on treatment and recovery. The building could be completed as early as 2024, pending approvals.
“We see this collaboration as a golden opportunity to improve the community’s access to the finest cancer care by combining and enhancing clinical care capabilities and providing these advanced services locally,” said Conrad Vial, MD, senior vice president and chief clinical officer for Sutter Health. “We’re bringing together a team of exceptionally trained specialists whose practices are grounded in the latest research and state-of-the-art technology, all with one goal in mind—to help our patients achieve the best possible outcomes.”