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Salem Regional Medical Center Partners With University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center to Bring World-Class Cancer Care to Area Patients

November 8, 2017

To meet the region's growing demand for highly-specialized cancer care, Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has partnered with the University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center to provide national expertise available locally to the residents of Columbiana and Mahoning Counties and surrounding communities.

"As the region's healthcare leader, SRMC is committed to addressing our communities' increasing need for convenient access to advanced and personalized cancer diagnosis and treatment," said Anita Hackstedde, M.D., SRMC President/CEO. "With this in mind, our Board of Directors launched a strategic plan to bring world-class cancer care to the patients of our region through a partnership with the UH Seidman Cancer Center."

A Strategic Partnership for World-Class Cancer Care

SRMC is collaborating with the UH Seidman Cancer Center to offer a full complement of medical and radiation oncology services, to provide local access to advanced cancer treatment and clinical trials. SRMC chose to partner with the UH Seidman Cancer Center (UHSCC) because of its strong reputation in world-class cancer care. As a member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, the UHSCC is one of only 47 centers in the nation to be designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, and is recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top hospitals for cancer care in the country. In addition, UHSCC is a leading researcher involved in the discovery of new forms of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Timeframe

On November 6, 2017, the UH Seidman Cancer Center at Salem Regional Medical Center opened to provide medical oncology services in SRMC's recently expanded Cancer & Infusion Center. Ayla Kessler, M.D., serves as medical director of the program and joins Zoraida Mendez, M.D., to provide medical hematology and oncology care for SRMC's patients.

Shortly after the launch of the medical oncology program, William Demas, M.D., and Michael Seider, M.D., will join the UHSCC at SRMC team of physicians and provide radiation oncology services in SRMC's Salem Medical Arts Building. In early 2018, SRMC will install a new, advanced linear accelerator to provide patients with the latest radiation treatment options.

Benefiting Cancer Patients

According to Dr. Hackstedde, the goal of the UHSCC at SRMC is to ensure that patients seeking diagnosis and treatment for cancer will receive state-of-the-art care, innovative opportunities for treatment, and an extraordinary experience of care that offers renewed hope in their battle against cancer.

"Patients undergoing cancer treatment planning will benefit from collaboration among our local medical and radiation oncologists, specialty physicians and 14 multi-disciplinary teams of experts at UHSCC's main campus, who will work together to develop treatment plans based on nationally recognized guidelines. In addition, one of the most exciting aspects of SRMC's collaboration with the UHSCC will be our ability to offer clinical cancer trials locally at our UH Seidman Cancer Center at Salem Regional Medical Center. We are very excited that we will be the first hospital in our region to offer this."

UHSCC's team of physicians, scientists and clinical researchers are involved in over 300 active clinical trials for cancer treatment, many of which involve novel therapies. By mid-2018, patients of UH Seidman Cancer Center at Salem Regional Medical Center will have the opportunity to participate, locally in Salem, in clinical trials and receive promising new therapies before they are widely available.

"Our patients will partner with our expert team of staff and physicians with the knowledge that we are working together with one of the nation's premier hospitals for cancer care to provide local access to advanced cancer care and clinical trials," Dr. Hackstedde added.

A Legacy of Caring for our Communities

SRMC has invested significantly in recent years to enhance and upgrade its services based on the growing community need for outpatient care, such as:

Cancer & Infusion Center and Orthopaedic Bone & Joint Center: SRMC's $4.6 million Cancer & Infusion Center opened in the Fall of 2015, with $1.1 million given by over 300 generous donors; and features a spacious community infusion center and private treatment areas in a comfortable, healing environment.

The Orthopaedic Bone & Joint Center opened along with the Cancer & Infusion Center to address the region's growing demand for advanced orthopaedic care. In 2016, SRMC was awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for its hip and knee joint replacement program, which signifies that SRMC's program meets rigorous quality and safety standards and is committed to performance excellence.

Expanded Endoscopy: In 2017, SRMC's expanded Endoscopy unit opened with 16 private patient bays and 4 procedure rooms equipped with the latest technology to diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal and lung conditions.

SRMC at Firestone Farms TownCenter: Also in 2017, SRMC's newest outreach location for primary care physician practices and diagnostic services was launched at the Firestone Farms TownCenter in Columbiana, and includes state-of-the-art 3-D mammography available on site.

In addition, SRMC has recently recruited several new primary care and specialty physicians to meet the growing demand for medical and surgical care, including:

General Surgery: William S. Lee, M.D.
Internal Medicine: L. Austin Fredrickson, M.D.
Internal Medicine: Erin N. Newton, M.D.
Oncology: Ayla Kessler, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgery: Matt Noyes, M.D., PT
Otolaryngology (ENT): Terrence E. Zipfel, M.D.

"This is an exciting time at Salem Regional Medical Center, as we continue to serve the region's unique healthcare needs through advanced treatment and specialty care; and carry on our legacy of hope and healing for thousands of area patients and their families," Dr. Hackstedde said.