NEWS | November 1, 2012

UC Davis Health System's partnership with ValleyCare concludes


UC Davis Health System's Cancer Care Network has concluded its four-year partnership with ValleyCare Health System and Regional Cancer Center. The collaboration was established to enhance oncology care in the Pleasanton/Livermore region. The relationship formally ended Oct. 31.

The unique partnership combined academic and community expertise to advance cancer diagnosis and treatment. Academic and community physicians collaborated on patient treatment planning using virtual tumor boards that included physician experts in all aspects of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Patients were provided the opportunity to participate in oncology clinical trials, and to improve cancer outcomes. The two health systems look forward to exploring other opportunities for collaboration in the future. 

During the time of the partnership, the Regional Cancer Center at ValleyCare achieved full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, maintained its American College of Surgeon's accreditation status, and developed a significant supportive oncology program including patient navigation, rehabilitation and survivorship wellness programs.

Scott Christensen, director of the Cancer Care Network, said he has enjoyed working in partnership with the professional team at ValleyCare.

"We have valued our relationship highly and appreciated the significant contributions ValleyCare Health System provided to the Cancer Care Network," he said.

Sonja McLendon, vice president of Ancillary and Outpatient Services for ValleyCare Health System, echoed Christensen's sentiments.

"We have enjoyed a collaborative, patient-centered relationship with UC Davis' Cancer Care Network over the past four years," she said.  "We remain committed to providing the highest level of cancer care to our community,"

About the Regional Cancer Center at ValleyCare:
The Regional Cancer Center at ValleyCare provides the latest cancer treatments, expertise, technology, research and clinical trials together in one convenient location at 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd, Pleasanton, CA.  Patients receive customized care from a professional staff in a modern and comfortable environment. ValleyCare's Breast Center of Excellence has received full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers administered by the American College of Surgeons. ValleyCare has also been designated as a Center of Excellence for Breast Imaging by the American College of Radiology.

About the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center:
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 9,000 adults and children every year, and access to more than 150 clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 280 scientists at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Jackson Laboratory (JAX West), whose scientific partnerships advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Through the Cancer Care Network, UC Davis collaborates with a number of hospitals and clinical centers throughout the Central Valley and Northern California regions to offer the latest cancer care. Its community-based outreach and education programs address disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations.