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Community Health Network launches Indiana’s first exclusive local affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network™

For release on November 15, 2012

Collaboration means certified oncologists at Community Hospitals North and East will bring new hope for local cancer patients

Indianapolis, IN—Community Health Network announced today that Community Hospital North and Community Hospital East will become affiliates of MD Anderson Cancer Network™, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. This collaboration will provide certified physicians at these two Community hospitals with access to evidence- based guidelines, treatment plans and concordance studies developed by MD Anderson experts. These are disease-specific guidelines for cancer treatment, cancer prevention, early detection and follow-up care, bringing new hope to local cancer patients by using treatment guidelines developed by a national leader in cancer care. For nine of the past 11 years, including 2012, MD Anderson has ranked number one in cancer care in the “Best Hospitals” survey published by U.S. News & World Report.

“This is a game changer for our network,” said Community Health Network President and CEO, Bryan Mills. “By teaming up with MD Anderson Cancer Network, we’re combining the best of what we provide locally with the world-renown expertise of MD Anderson. Professionals in the medical field know the MD Anderson name very well, as it’s the gold standard for cancer care. Through our exclusive local affiliation, we’ll help to raise the standard of cancer care in Central Indiana.”

Community oncologists now certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network will initially treat cancer patients at Community Hospital North and Community Hospital East. Plans are to seek MD Anderson Cancer Network certification of cancer centers at Community Hospital Anderson, Community Howard Regional Health, and at Community Hospital South.

“Community Health Network has a long tradition of providing exceptional health care in Central Indiana. We’re excited about this new relationship, which will further enhance patient care by adding MD Anderson expertise,” said Bill Murphy M.D., chairman, MD Anderson Physicians Network. "Together, we’ll ensure that patients across Indiana have access to the highest quality cancer care available."

About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.

About MD Anderson Cancer Network
MD Anderson Cancer Network™ is a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. It’s designed to advance the institution’s mission of eliminating cancer by delivering MD Anderson expertise to community health providers. The network includes mission-aligned hospitals and health care systems across the United States committed to elevating the quality of care in their communities. Hospitals have direct access to MD Anderson clinical guidelines and best practices through membership in MD Anderson Cancer Network.


La Chanda Jenkins, MD Anderson Cancer Network™

Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations