September 17, 2008

UPMC to Manage Erie Cancer Center

One of the largest free-standing cancer centers in the country, The Regional Cancer Center in Erie, has aligned itself with UPMC, officials announced today.

UPMC Cancer Centers will provide management and operations expertise on a day-to-day basis to The Regional Cancer Center and its satellite centers in Meadville and Ashtabula, Ohio, according to UPMC.

It will remain locally owned and governed by Saint Vincent Health System and the Hamot Health Foundation.

"In 1987, RCC broke new ground in cancer care as one of the first free-standing cancer centers," Tom Elliott, chairman of the board of RCC, said in a UPMC news release. "Today, we are ahead of the curve by teaming up formally with one of the top cancer research programs in the world."

The deal will make The Regional Cancer Center the largest of the 44 providers in UPMC's network, said Charles Bogosta, executive vice president of UPMC Cancer Centers. The RCC will have access to UPMC Cancer Centers' 180 physicians and hundreds of clinical research trials.

Originally published by The Tribune-Review.

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