TULSA, Okla. (Aug. 17, 2017) — St. John Medical Center and Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute (OCSRI) congratulate The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which again is ranked the nation’s top hospital for cancer care in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” survey. Since the survey began in 1990, MD Anderson has been named one of the top two cancer hospitals in the nation, and ranked first 13 of the past 16 years.
OCSRI, St. John’s partner in cancer care, is Oklahoma’s only certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program supported by MD Anderson Cancer Center. Through this unique affiliation, OCSRI provides local access to world-renowned cancer-fighting expertise.
The network’s quality improvement program is based on the MD Anderson approach to multidisciplinary cancer care and helps members examine the quality of their oncology services through objective measurement tools and a robust, data-driven improvement process. In addition, certified physicians at OCSRI and St. John have access to pioneering, evidence-based clinical guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed by experts at MD Anderson.
“We are honored to have a collaborative relationship with the No. 1 cancer care team in the country to bring a new level of hope to our patients and their loved ones,” said Suanne Gersdorf, CEO of OCSRI.
Kathy Smarinsky, vice president of clinical services for St. John Medical Center, added: “Joining MD Anderson Cancer Network in 2014 was a tremendous development in our oncology program that has enabled us to successfully expand our state-of-the-art services for cancer patients in Oklahoma and the region. We congratulate our colleagues in Houston on this well-deserved recognition.”
MD Anderson’s commitment to patients and its mission to end cancer has driven the institution for more than 75 years and continues to fuel its efforts to raise the level of cancer care all over the world. MD Anderson also extends its standard of care by collaborating with community hospitals and health systems like OCSRI. Combined with other initiatives in prevention, research and education, MD Anderson’s outreach enables millions of local, domestic and international patients to have greater access to its expertise and innovation.
The U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey also distinguished St. John Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in Oklahoma, earning high-performing ranks in four specialties, including colon cancer surgery. Click here for more information on St. John’s recognition.
About St. John Health System
Ascension’s St. John Health System operates six hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. St. John Health System employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, St. John Health System provided more than $68 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.
About Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute
Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute (OCSRI) offers the region’s most comprehensive cancer care, as a physician-owned group practice with more than 20 specialty physicians and 200 nurses and associates. OCSRI launched in 2016 as a partnership between St. John Health System and the former Tulsa Cancer Institute. Our combined team provides first-rate knowledge and expertise on cancer treatment, research and the latest technologies. OCSRI is Oklahoma’s only certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Through this unique affiliation, OCSRI certified physicians have access to pioneering, evidence-based clinical guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed by experts at MD Anderson. OCSRI is committed to supporting patients and their loved ones throughout their fight with cancer, providing a personalized continuum of care from diagnosis to survivorship.