TUCSON, Ariz (Nov. 6, 2019) --Arizona Blood and Cancer Specialists (ABCS) and its partner, OneOncology, are proud to announce that they have joined forces with TMC HealthCare (TMC) to operate two free-standing cancer care centers. Services at the centers will include PET/CT diagnostic imaging services and radiation treatment for patients throughout Southern Arizona.
“TMC HealthCare has a long history of caring for the people of Southern Arizona. As a leading provider of cancer care services, we have worked with the physicians at ABCS for many years. This joint venture will extend and expand the oncology services our system provides,” said Mimi Coomler, R.N., TMC HealthCare senior vice president and chief operating officer.
“It is important for us to partner with an established, well-respected health care provider in Southern Arizona. We felt that TMC’s history of providing exceptional healthcare aligned well with our experience, commitment and vision of how we can positively impact patients’ lives,” said Robert J. Brooks, M.D., ABCS director of Physician Services.
Patients receiving radiation treatment or PET/CT diagnostic imaging will experience seamless care at the centers between their medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, and the centers’ radiation oncology treatment teams and PET/CT diagnostic imaging specialists.
“Patients develop strong bonds with their care team and maintaining that through treatment and beyond offers comfort to them and their families,” Dr. Brooks said.
“Clinical guidelines and statistics help to inform our decisions, but we believe that building a relationship with patients and having compassion improves their odds,” explained Bruce W. Porterfield, M.D., Ph.D., medical oncologist at ABCS. “As physicians, we are scientists at heart, but it is during our careers we change the lens in how we see cancer and its impact on our patients and their families.”
In addition to the radiation and diagnostic services offered at the new facilities, ABCS and TMC will continue to collaborate on cancer survivorship and wellness programs, understanding the importance of not only treating their patients’ physical needs, but providing resources to address their emotional needs.
TMC HealthCare is a nonprofit health system serving Southern Arizona for more than 75 years. Anchored by Tucson Medical Center, the system also includes TMCOne and Benson Hospital, providing inpatient and outpatient care throughout the region. TMC HealthCare treats adult cancers with advanced therapies and has a team of nurse navigators to guide patients throughout their treatment. TMC is recognized by CareChex - an information service of Quantros Inc. — as a top 100 hospital in the nation for overall hospital care, medical excellence; overall surgical care, patient safety; cancer care, and patient safety.
About Arizona Blood & Cancer Specialists
ABCS is dedicated to providing the most advanced, comprehensive and compassionate care for patients in Southern Arizona. Built on a foundation of clinical excellence, our team of physicians and talented staff is dedicated to positively impacting patients’ lives and continually seeking ways to improve our patient experience and outcomes.
As a OneOncology partner, ABCS is connected to the national network of OneOncology practices that share common technology and data platforms to enhance practice excellence and create an efficient and harmonious patient experience.
OneOncology is a national partnership of independent, community oncology practices working together to improve the lives of everyone living with cancer through a patient-centric, physician-led, data-driven and technology-powered model.