August 20, 2008

Bayhealth Medical and UPHS Sign Clinical Affiliation Agreement

Bayhealth Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania Health System have signed an affiliation agreement to provide expanded cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education to Delaware residents.

Bayhealth Medical Center is the first healthcare facility in Delaware to become a member of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network.

The cancer affiliation with Bayhealth is University of Pennsylvania Health System's (UPHS) first in Delaware and represents the further expansion of Penn's clinical expertise in advanced cancer care among superior health-care facilities throughout the region.

The relationship also brings university-level expertise in cancer care to Bayhealth and the first affiliation with an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center to Delaware.

Through membership in Penn's Cancer Network, Bayhealth patients will have access to a full continuum of specialty and subspecialty care and resources available via the Abramson Cancer Center - including standard and innovative preventative, diagnostic, and treatment services, as well as programs in research and education for the benefit of cancer patients and their families.

Dennis Klima, president and CEO of Bayhealth, said: "Our partnership with Penn will provide our patients with the most comprehensive cancer care available today. We look forward to working with Penn specialists to develop additional mutually supportive programs that will further benefit our patients throughout Delaware."