Scripps Health announces partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Network

SAN DIEGO -- Scripps Health announced Monday that it is joining the MD Anderson Cancer Network, a global network of hospitals and health care systems run by the University of Texas.

The partnership will create the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center in order to increase access to high-quality cancer care in eight Southern California counties, from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

Jan Caldwell/Breast Cancer Survivor

“The emotional legacy of cancer is it can come back at any time and we carry that with us. For these two forces to join together, if it comes back I have the best team possible," said Jan Caldwell, a breast cancer survivor and Scripps board member.

"MD Anderson is the top-ranked cancer center in America, with unparalleled experience, resources and expertise,'' said Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. "They are the most innovative cancer program in the United States, and we are proud and honored to join them in cancer care."

The 75-year-old MD Anderson, based in Houston, received the honor from U.S. News & World Report in its annual hospital rankings.

"It's about working shoulder to shoulder with the brightest minds at MD Anderson," Van Gorder said. "The vision is about doing everything in our power to eradicate this cruel and complex set of diseases that we call cancer today."

The alliance "will give Southern Californians easy access to MD Anderson's proven, research-based approaches to cancer care right here in San Diego,'' Van Gorder said. "Our partnership builds on Scripps' history of providing exceptional cancer care to our region and will enable us to offer the best cancer treatment available anywhere, here at Scripps.''

The Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center will be overseen by physician and administrative leaders from both organizations. The partners will also join forces to recruit and train health care professionals.

Patients will have access to medical, radiation and surgical oncology; pathology; laboratory and diagnostic imaging, as well as other clinical and support services, according to Scripps.

“We’re going to get the best cancer care here. Don’t have to leave just drive up the freeway a little bit and you are going to get the best cancer care anywhere in the United States,” said Caldwell.