USC’s Keck Medicine in deal to ex­pand lo­cal net­work

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Rachel Lan­den

Keck Medicine of the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia com­pleted its ac­qui­si­tion of Or­ange Coast On­col­ogy He­ma­tol­ogy Med­i­cal As­so­ciates in a move in­tended to ex­tend the aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter’s com­pre­hen­sive cancer care to more con­ve­nient lo­cal set­tings.

“It is es­ti­mated we have to send 20% to 25% of our pa­tients else­where be­cause we just don’t have the tech­nolo­gies, skills and ex­per­tise to deliver what we con­sider to be the best care lo­cally,” said Dr. Louis Van­der-Molen, the newly ap­pointed clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of medicine for Keck and founder of OCOH.

In­stead, he said, pa­tients should be able to ac­cess cut­tingedge clin­i­cal ther­a­pies, ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies and pro­ce­dures, con­sul­ta­tions with spe­cial­ists, and re­search be­ing con­ducted at the USC Nor­ris Com­pre­hen­sive Cancer Cen­ter and the Eli and Edythe Broad Cen­ter for Re­gen­er­a­tive Medicine and Stem Cell Re­search at USC.

Un­der the terms of the agree­ment, the OCOH prac­tice be­comes part of Keck Medicine of USC and will be known as USC On­col­ogy/He­ma­tol­ogy. It will in­clude lo­ca­tions in New­port Beach and Irvine, as well as a treat­ment cen­ter in New­port Beach. Physi­cians with the for­mer OCOH prac­tice are now also fac­ulty at the Keck School of Medicine and mem­bers of USC Care, its med­i­cal fac­ulty prac­tice group.

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