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City of Hope National Medical Center to Offer Radiation Oncology Services in Arcadia

Cancer Hospital Expands Access to Specialized Treatment Within San Gabriel Valley

Duarte, CA -- City of Hope and Methodist Hospital of Southern California have reached an agreement in which City of Hope will acquire the hospital's radiation oncology service in Arcadia. The acquisition will expand access to City of Hope's renowned expertise in radiation therapy and will provide additional convenience for patients seeking specialized cancer services.

As of January 1, 2014, City of Hope will own and operate the radiation oncology service at 301 W. Huntington Drive as an extension of the services offered at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte. Radiation therapy at the service will be overseen by Jeffrey Y.C. Wong, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at City of Hope.

The service will be staffed with a team of City of Hope board-certified specialists. These experts will work closely with Methodist physicians and other local physicians, as well as with other cancer specialists at City of Hope, to provide world-class radiation therapy to cancer patients in the Arcadia area.

"City of Hope is proud to be able to offer new options to patients in the Arcadia area," said City of Hope President Robert Stone, who also assumed the role of chief executive officer on Jan. 1. "Radiation therapy is a crucial component of many cancer treatment plans, and patients should have access not only to the highest-quality care but also care that is convenient for them and their families."

The radiation oncology service will continue to operate with its current staff, who will be employed by City of Hope National Medical Center, and patients should see no disruption in their care.

For City of Hope, the expansion is part of a larger effort to provide cancer care in the right place at the right time to the largest number of patients. The institution recently opened a state-of-the-art clinic in Antelope Valley and is also engaged in partnership talks with Providence Health & Services of Southern California.

[About City of Hope:  City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is based in Duarte, Calif., with community practice sites in South Pasadena, Glendale, Santa Clarita, the Antelope Valley and Palm Springs. Its hospital is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.]



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