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Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Health System Sign Affiliation Agreement

December 16, 2011

Philadelphia-based Temple University Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center signed an affiliation agreement on Thursday that moves both healthcare institutions closer to bringing Fox Chase Cancer Center into the Temple system – marking a milestone for the two Philadelphia institutions that will enhance cancer research and patient care, immediately and for years to come.

Fox Chanse Cancer Center

“Temple is proud and privileged to welcome Fox Chase Cancer Center into its family of academic researchers and clinicians,” Ann Weaver Hart, PhD, president of Temple University, said in a statement.

“This bold, visionary relationship immediately establishes Temple’s position as a leader in cancer care and translational research at the local, regional and national levels,” commented Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, senior executive vice president for health sciences at Temple University, Dean of Temple University School of Medicine, and president and CEO of Temple University Health System, said in a prepared statement. “It sets the stage for many exciting opportunities to grow and enhance the cancer-related patient-care, research and educational programs of Temple’s healthcare enterprise.

“The pursuit of excellence is the driving force for today’s action – which offers a preview of what tomorrow represents. Indeed, this affiliation marks a fresh direction in cancer research and treatment in Philadelphia,” Kaiser said. “Sustained by the converging action of two highly respected medical institutions, it will draw on both established knowledge and original insights to pave the way for what all cancer patients and their families want and deserve – hope.”

“Fox Chase is proud to be the professional home to some of the most talented and compassionate scientists, doctors, and nurses working on the cancer problem anywhere in the world,” Michael V. Seiden, MD, PhD, president and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center, said. “But we’re always working to strengthen the center’s ability to more vigorously pursue our mission to prevail over cancer, and we believe that this affiliation with Temple University Health System will do just that, enabling us to begin recruiting new researchers and clinicians almost immediately and to expand our clinical services significantly in coming years to serve the region’s cancer-care needs well into the future.”

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in Philadelphia, and one of only 40 in the U.S. Its addition to Temple creates collaborative synergies between and among physician-scientists at Temple University School of Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Temple Cancer Center that will accelerate the pace of further discovery and development of the most effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

By becoming an affiliate of Temple University Health System, Fox Chase will be able to expand outpatient and surgical-care services – within its existing facilities and through the use of leased space in Jeanes Hospital, an affiliated hospital of Temple since 1996. Given the geographic proximity of Fox Chase to Jeanes Hospital (home to TUH’s highly-regarded Bone Marrow Transplant Program), the agreement is the creation of a contiguous, 47.5-acre site to serve as Temple’s “cancer hub” for the development of future innovations in cancer-care and research.

Temple University Health System will invest in cancer research at Fox Chase – providing new resources to recruit additional physician-scientists who will further advance the collaborative efforts of Temple and Fox Chase researchers in creating new knowledge and pathways for the prevention, treatment, and, ultimately, cures for cancer and cancer-related conditions.

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