Shore Medical Center is pleased to announce it has entered into an affiliation agreement with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Shore and its nationally-recognized Cancer Center become the 16th member of the CINJ Network and the first in Atlantic County to provide patients facing a cancer diagnosis with access to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey's state-of-the-art clinical and research capabilities.
As an affiliate, Shore Medical is able to offer its patients enrollment in Cancer Institute of New Jersey clinical trials while having them receive care and treatment locally at the Somers Point facility. Shore's patients also will receive access to community education, outreach and other services provided by The Cancer Institute of New Jersey that complement the medical center's comprehensive cancer program.
"Shore is proud to become an affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey," said Shore President and CEO Ron Johnson. "This groundbreaking organization has a demonstrated history of clinical and research excellence, so members of our community can feel confident that they are receiving the very best in cancer care. This partnership represents the natural evolution of Shore as the premier cancer care provider in southern New Jersey."
"The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is proud to welcome Shore Medical Center into our statewide network of hospitals that provides patients access to the very latest clinical trials and cancer care right in their own communities," said Cancer Institute of New Jersey Director Robert S. DiPaola, M.D. "Shore's Cancer Center has distinguished itself as a leader in providing exceptional cancer care, and we look forward to working closely with the Shore team in delivering cutting-edge therapies to patients in southern New Jersey and beyond."
One third of all newly diagnosed cancer patients in New Jersey choose The Cancer Institute of New Jersey or one of its affiliate hospitals for treatment.
"Through this affiliation with the state's National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, I am pleased that we are expanding our exceptional cancer resources to the southern part of our state," said New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H. "By pairing Shore's cancer program with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey's vast clinical and research capabilities, residents in this region will now have access to a wider array of cancer care resources."
As one of Shore Medical Center's six Centers of Excellence, the Cancer Center's
state-of-the-art radiation and medical oncology programs, under the respective direction of Dr. Vasthi Wilson and Dr. Julianne W. Childs, enable patients to receive all of their care and treatment under one roof. Since 1987, the Cancer Center has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for meeting that organization's stringent standards for patient care.