Queen's Joins MD Anderson Cancer Network® to Bring World-Renowned Expertise to Hawaii


Groundbreaking Collaboration Pairs Queen’s with Leading Cancer Center’s Network

HONOLULU - The Queen’s Medical Center (Queen’s) is the first hospital in Hawaii to work with MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, to bring world-renowned cancer expertise to cancer patients across the Pacific Basin.

"MD Anderson Cancer Network has found in The Queen’s Medical Center a member hospital that shares a vision for elevating the standard of quality patient care and advancing innovative medicine," said Thomas Burke, MD, executive vice president, MD Anderson Cancer Network. "This is our first reach into the Pacific Rim, and we are pleased that it is through Queen’s, a distinguished part of Hawaii’s culture and history."

As a certified member of the network, Queen’s certified physicians will utilize evidence-based guidelines, best practices, and treatment plans developed by the country’s No. 1 cancer center, as ranked in the "Best Hospitals" survey published by U.S. News & World Report.

"While exceptional cancer care has always been provided at the Queen’s Cancer Center, this new collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Network helps to elevate cancer care in our community by providing patients with the benefits of international expertise previously only available out of state," said Art Ushijima, President of The Queen’s Medical Center.

As a certified member of the network, Queen’s will be part of a best practices and quality improvement program. The program will offer certified Queen’s oncologists access to MD Anderson guidelines for the purpose of diagnosing, treating and elevating the quality of cancer care provided.

"The Queen’s Medical Center is committed to being the leader in the fight against cancer. By providing the best cancer care services locally, and enhancing it with the expertise and innovative guidelines of MD Anderson, we are advancing the level of cancer care delivered in Hawaii," said Darlena Chadwick, RN, Vice President of Patient Care at The Queen’s Medical Center. "With this groundbreaking collaboration, Queen’s extends and expands on its own nationally recognized cancer program."

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 6,700 Hawaii residents will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 2,400 people will lose their lives to cancer in Hawaii this year.

"The peer-to-peer program makes it easier than ever for Queen’s physicians to collaborate on patient care with MD Anderson experts, some of the nation’s top cancer care physicians," said Paul Morris, MD, Chairman of the Queen’s Cancer Committee and Co-PI of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Project (NCORP) for Hawaii. "Access to evidence-based, disease-specific guidelines for cancer treatment, prevention, early detection and follow-up care developed by national leaders in cancer care puts our patients first. This national access, matched with our established excellence in cancer care, serves to further improve the likelihood of positive outcomes for our cancer patients, right here at home."

"Oncology is such a dynamic disease; changes occur all the time. With these changes, you need institutions that are on the cutting edge of progress," said Clayton Chong, MD, Chief of Oncology at The Queen’s Medical Center. "In order to deliver that kind of care, we have to be willing to learn from the leading experts in cancer care and be able to apply that harmoniously to the unique way that the people of Hawaii approach medicine. This collaboration increases the competency of all involved in care delivery, and is a quality and safety improvement for our institution and patients."

The Queen’s Cancer Center, which opened in the fall of 2007, is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary cancer treatment and research center in Hawaii. It is the state’s premier cancer treatment facility, ranking among the best of its kind in the nation. It is designed to provide the highest quality cancer care available in the world, right here in these islands. The Queen’s Cancer Center recently received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, which recognizes the exceptional level of cancer care provided to the community. Queen’s is one of a select group of 75 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the U.S., and the only hospital in Hawaii to receive this honor.

MD Anderson Cancer Network® was created to advance MD Anderson’s mission to eliminate cancer by collaborating with community hospitals and health systems nationwide on quality improvement and best practices. Queen’s is one of 12 certified members in the network that reaches across 11 states.

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The Queen’s Medical Center (Queen’s), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1859 by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV, is an acute care medical facility accredited by The Joint Commission. The facility is licensed for 505 acute beds and 28 sub-acute beds and serves as the major tertiary and quaternary referral center for cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, orthopaedics, surgery, emergency medicine and behavioral health medicine. It is the state’s designated trauma center verified as Level II by the American College of Surgeons. It has the only organ transplantation program in Hawaii. Queen’s is a major teaching hospital, serving as a clinical training site for the residency programs sponsored by the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Queen’s is the only hospital in Hawaii to achieve Magnet® status – the highest institutional honor for hospital excellence – from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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