Nor­ton, Univer­sity of Louisville part­ner on chil­dren’s can­cer in­sti­tute

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Dave Barkholz

Nor­ton Health­care and the Univer­sity of Louisville in Ken­tucky have cre­ated the Nor­ton Chil­dren’s Can­cer In­sti­tute to com­bine the univer­sity’s re­search and ad­vanced clin­i­cal tri­als with Nor­ton’s can­cer care.

The agree­ment an­nounced last week for­mal­izes a re­la­tion­ship that’s been around for decades, said Dr. Charles Woods, in­terim chair­man of the univer­sity’s de­part­ment of pe­di­atrics.

The univer­sity and Nor­ton, a five-hospi­tal system based in Louisville, are build­ing their re­la­tions just as the Univer­sity of Louisville Hospi­tal is dis­solv­ing its joint op­er­at­ing agree­ment with Nor­ton’s crosstown ri­val, Ken­tuck­yOne Health.

The new chil­dren’s can­cer in­sti­tute is form­ing joint com­mit­tees to pro­vide im­proved ac­cess and ad­di­tional ser­vices for chil­dren fight­ing can­cer, Woods said. The in­sti­tute also plans to re­vamp a bone mar­row trans­plant pro­gram, he said.

The univer­sity and Ken­tuck­yOne an­nounced in De­cem­ber that they are ter­mi­nat­ing a trou­bled joint op­er­at­ing agree­ment that has seen Ken­tuck­yOne man­age the aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing James Gra­ham Brown Can­cer Cen­ter for the past four years. The agree­ment is sched­uled to dis­solve on July 1, at which time man­age­ment of the hospi­tal and the can­cer cen­ter will re­vert back to Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, said hospi­tal spokesman Gary Mans.

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