Fighting cancer: WellSpan, Johns Hopkins work together

WellSpan Health and Johns Hopkins Medicine have announced plans to fight cancer together in South Central Pennsylvania. The comprehensive collaboration combines the expertise of WellSpan cancer physicians and programs with the innovative clinical research and educational capabilities of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

WellSpan patients across South Central Pennsylvania who have cancer will benefit from a collaborative approach between the two organizations. They will share treatment protocols, improved genomics capabilities, research projects and access to Johns Hopkins Medicine’s expanded network of subspecialty physicians. All of these services will broaden the options close to home for life-saving care of patients with complex cancers. 

“Fighting cancer requires a trusted partner,” said Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., president & chief executive officer, WellSpan Health.

She said the collaboration will deliver the very best treatment options for WellSpan patients.

“Our combined teams of physicians, faculty and research scientists will work closely with patients,” she said.

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Goal: Latest leading-edge options

The goal is to offer the latest treatments and leading-edge therapeutic options within a state-of-the-art program.

WellSpan Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have had a long-standing clinical and research collaboration since 2017; with a designated comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.  

“This relationship represents our shared approach to bringing the best care to patients in the South Central Pennsylvania region,” said Kevin W. Sowers, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “We are so proud to expand the collaboration to include clinical trials, peer-to-peer consultations and educational opportunities.”

WellSpan’s cancer experts see nearly 4,000 new patients annually across all their cancer centers, including the newly expanded York Cancer Center, which opened this past summer. 

The collaboration agreement with Johns Hopkins Medicine will extend to and benefit all of WellSpan’s cancer centers; including the Adams Cancer Center, the Ephrata Cancer Center, the Sechler Family Cancer Center and Franklin County’s cancer care locations.