UC Davis Health System's Cancer Care Network
An innovative approach
The UC Davis Cancer Care Network began in 1999, when UC Davis Health System was invited by the communities of Marysville and Merced, California to partner in the development of local community cancer centers. The Fremont-Rideout (now Rideout) Cancer Center in Marysville and the Mercy Cancer Center in Merced opened in 2000. These affiliations have expanded over time to include formal clinical connections. These successful affiliations led to additional partnerships in northern and central California.
Comprehensive network services have evolved to include access to clinical trials, virtual tumor boards, nursing, and quality care with the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee and the AIS Cancer Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield.
The medical director of UC Davis Cancer Care Network is Scott Christensen, MD, a UC Davis professor of hematology and oncology. Christensen is noted for his dedication to patient quality of life, his expertise in breast cancer, sarcomas, melanoma, pain management and hospice care, as well as his work to improve access to innovative treatments.
Affiliates: United by collaboration
The UC Davis Cancer Care Network is a unique partnership among cancer centers around Northern and Central California that work together to offer patients first-rate, leading-edge care close to home. Hospital-based community cancer centers become affiliates of the UC Davis Cancer Care Network through an evaluation process led by UC Davis. By synergizing the strengths of an academic health system and community-based care, the network formalizes the commitment to collaboration with community providers promoting the delivery of first-rate care across the region.
Affiliates of UC Davis Cancer Care Network include:
Networking in a time of change: Joining the UC Davis Cancer Care Network
The UC Davis Cancer Care Network is one of the first specialty-care networks in the nation to be linked with an academic health center. We are proud to offer our communities a unique model of care that marries compassionate, patient-centered treatment with the nationally regarded academic expertise and innovation of a major research university.
Joining the Network
The Cancer Care Network offers the expertise of the UC Davis Health System and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer to community health systems through a variety of participation affiliation options which include professional and consultation service agreements.
For information about bringing the UC Davis Cancer Care Network to your community, contact Kay Harse at (916) 734-5977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Tumor Boards
The healing power of diverse views and perspectives
The network combines the academic expertise and research of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the personal relationships and unique insights of affiliate cancer centers. Patients benefit from the latest approaches for diagnosis and treatment while close to home surrounded by the support of family and friends.
Teams of UC Davis and network medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists, radiologists and pathologists meet virtually to discuss patient cases, ask key questions and explore treatment options. In these "virtual tumor board" meetings they share patient cases and outcomes, related research they have conducted or reviewed, treatment options and the new therapies, including those offered in clinical trials.
Improving the Lives of Patients
The UC Davis Cancer Care Network is a unique collaboration of cancer service providers that links the insight of community cancer centers with the expertise of leading-edge cancer researchers. By providing administrative and regulatory expertise and quality oversight, the UC Davis Cancer Care Network facilitates the availability of clinical trials to affiliate Cancer Centers.
Nursing Affiliate Oncology Nursing Excellence Program
The Cancer Care Network supports oncology nursing at each network site through the Affiliate Oncology Nursing Excellence Program. This program is organized into four initiatives patterned after the Oncology Nursing Society Pillars:
- Knowledge - Providing education and resources for clinical staff to provide excellent cancer care.
- Leadership - Supporting and mentoring clinical leaders and empowering staff to become effective cancer care advocates.
- Quality - Development, dissemination, and evaluation of patient-centered interventions for staff and organizations to deliver care.
- Technology - Leveraging technology and using it to collaborate and learn.
The Oncology Nursing Society is the largest specialty nursing organization, with over 35,000 members nationally and internationally. Its mission is to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care.
The network offers education opportunities, chemotherapy/biotherapy and oncology nursing certification support, leadership coaching, program development, quality improvement strategies, mentoring programs, research support, and a comprehensive oncology nursing information web-based portal.
Quality — Beyond the Benchmark
Quality at the Cancer Care Network is multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary and goes beyond collecting measurements of daily performance. The Cancer Care Network supports affiliate sites in developing quality goals that surpass benchmarks make a difference for patients, family members and staff.
In 2013 the network launched a quality initiative for orientation called “Great Starts.” This program is designed to ensure that employees at all levels have the structures and support in place to provide excellent care.