Cooper to partner with Redeemer Health, bringing MD Anderson at Cooper services into Philly region

Cooper University Health Care and Redeemer Health announced Wednesday a new partnership creating an integrated cancer program at Holy Redeemer Hospital that will be overseen by MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

The partnership between Cooper and Redeemer Health expands the advanced cancer care provided by MD Anderson at Cooper to Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks counties. Philadelphia-area residents now can stay close to home and have convenient access to proven cancer treatment protocols, cancer experts, clinical research and patient support and education resources through MD Anderson at Cooper.

Redeemer Health is based in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania.

Cooper co-CEO Kevin O’Dowd said he’s thrilled to be able to extend the quality care that MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper provides.

“MD Anderson at Cooper offers patients advanced cancer care close to home, and we are proud to partner with Redeemer Health to extend these services to the residents of southeastern Pennsylvania,” he said.

Redeemer Health CEO Michael Laign said the partnership will help Redeemer Health fulfill its commitment to create affiliations that add value to the communities we serve.

“Cooper, through MD Anderson at Cooper, is transforming cancer care in the region,” he said. “Now, more patients will have access to advanced cancer treatment, combined with the warm, personal and patient-centered approach Redeemer Health is known for.”

The partnership also could change the longstanding flow of cancer patients — with more from Pennsylvania coming to New Jersey, as opposed to the other way around.

In September 2013, Cooper partnered with MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the nation’s leading cancer centers, to create MD Anderson at Cooper. Through this partnership, MD Anderson at Cooper patients have access to the same cancer treatment plans delivered at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, as well as access to innovative diagnostic and treatment technologies and groundbreaking clinical research.

Several MD Anderson at Cooper physicians already are based at Redeemer Cancer Center and are working in collaboration with Redeemer’s cancer physicians to develop a new multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, focusing on breast, lung, gynecological and colorectal cancers.

Additional hematology/oncology physicians are actively being recruited to join the program. The program offers comprehensive cancer care, including hematology/oncology, radiation therapy, surgery and other treatments and services.