JOINTLY RELEASED BY UCSF HEALTH AND JOHN MUIR HEALTH
October 7, 2021
The UCSF-John Muir Health Cancer Network is continuing to grow, with several significant new steps forward in its vision to conquer cancer by improving prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care coordination for patients close to home.
The two health systems recently approved the joint venture’s second phase, including three key developments:
Through the Cancer Network, patients will benefit from the two institutions’ multidisciplinary strengths, expertise and resources to access the latest treatment advances, while remaining in their East Bay communities for the majority of care.
The joint Cancer Network will provide distinguished, disease-specific treatment capabilities, expanded clinical trial enrollment and precision medicine offerings by the region’s top cancer specialists. UCSF’s cancer program has been consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the best cancer program in Northern California. John Muir Health is accredited as an Integrated Network Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
As the Network continues to grow, John Muir Health is adding three outstanding provider groups – Diablo Valley Oncology, Pacific Urology and West Coast Surgical Associates – to expand the capabilities and excellence of its medical oncology, radiation oncology, hematology, urology and general and specialized surgical services. Diablo Valley Oncology’s radiation oncologists and hematology oncologists are combining with three additional oncologists to form the John Muir Health Cancer Medical Group.
“The three medical groups joining John Muir Health have long-standing and deep commitments to their patients and the communities we serve,” said Mike Thomas, executive vice president and chief transformation officer at John Muir Health. “They will be instrumental in the development of the UCSF-John Muir Health Cancer Network and in the building of a new Cancer Center on our Walnut Creek Medical Center campus.”
Within the UCSF-John Muir Health Cancer Network, multidisciplinary teams of specialists have vast experience treating cancer, including breast, gastrointestinal tract, head and neck, lung, thyroid and prostate, as well as uterine and ovarian cancers, hematologic malignancies and sarcomas. Patients also receive extensive support through nurse navigator and survivorship programs, genetic counseling, cancer nutrition and more, as part of a comprehensive cancer care program.
“We are pleased to partner with John Muir Health, once again, to bring the most advanced cancer services to the East Bay community,” said Shelby Decosta, president, UCSF Health Affiliates Network, and chief strategy officer, UCSF Health. “Patients and their families will have access to the personalized and supportive cancer care services that both of our organizations offer through our developing Cancer Network, based on the latest developments in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment at UCSF.”
The first UCSF-John Muir Health Cancer Network location opened in February 2020 in the Berkeley Outpatient Center, which is jointly operated by UCSF Health and John Muir Health. In early 2022, existing cancer care centers in Walnut Creek, Concord and Pleasant Hill will also officially become part of the Network. In addition, central to the Network is the development of a world-class outpatient cancer center that will open in Walnut Creek in early 2024, offering comprehensive services. These include radiation oncology treatments, an infusion center, access to clinical trials, genetic counseling, nurse navigators, support services and additional diagnostic and treatment services in a patient centered environment.
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About UCSF Health
UCSF Health is recognized worldwide for its innovative patient care, reflecting the latest medical knowledge, advanced technologies and pioneering research. It includes the flagship UCSF Medical Center, which is ranked among the top 10 hospitals nationwide, as well as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and the UCSF Faculty Practice. These hospitals serve as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco, which is world-renowned for its graduate-level health sciences education and biomedical research. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area.
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About John Muir Health
John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization east of San Francisco serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of more than 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians, more than 6,000 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including Contra Costa County’s only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health also has partnerships with UCSF Health, Tenet Healthcare/San Ramon Regional Medical Center and Stanford Children's Health. The health system offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, gynecologic surgery, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, pediatrics and high-risk obstetrics care.
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