CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Center in Lexington and the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center have created a formal affiliation to expand access to specialized cancer treatments.

A press conference to announce the partnership was held at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY on Wednesday, October 23. Speakers included Bruce Tassin, CEO of CHI Saint Joseph Health; Martha Jones, Board Chair of CHI Saint Joseph Health; Jessica Croley, MD, Medical Director of CHI Saint Joseph Health — Cancer Care; and Cancer Care patient, Joey Maggard. 

This affiliation follows a review process of the care and services provided by CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers. Benefits include streamlined referral process and consultation on treatment options with Cleveland Clinic physicians.

“Our cancer care centers have a long history of providing high quality care for patients and we are pleased to enhance that care even further,” said Tassin. “This affiliation will give patients in central Kentucky access to physicians at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, which is ranked in the top 10 hospitals for cancer care nationally by US News & World Report.”

CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Center provides a variety of support services including a social worker at both Lexington locations. Centers will soon add referral coordinators devoted to oncology services.

CHI Saint Joseph Health’s Stephanie Sarrantonio and Hamburg Journal’s Vicki Evans.

“Our affiliation with CHI Saint Joseph Health will streamline access to second opinions for patients in central Kentucky,” said Brian Bolwell, MD, chairman of Tussing Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. “We look forward to collaborating with CHI Saint Joseph Health oncologists to expand the number of patients we can help with advanced treatments and therapies.”

The cancer care centers in Lexington are operated at two locations: Bob-O-Link Drive and Blazer Parkway.


About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries.



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