St. John's Medical Center is pleased to announce its affiliation with
University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute, one of the nation's
premier cancer hospitals. Administrators from St. John's Medical Center
(SJMC) received the green light from the St. John’s Board of Trustees
on Thursday to finalize an affiliation agreement with Huntsman Cancer
Institute (HCI), and University of Utah Health Care (UUHC). “This
historic event comes after months of exploration about how a closer partnership
can benefit our patients,” said trustee Scott Gibson.
"This affiliation is a testament to the strength and reputation of
St. John’s oncology program and heralds a new era for cancer care
in our region," said SJMC CEO Paul Beaupré, MD. “St.
John’s has demonstrated, through a long tradition of collaboration
with Huntsman Cancer Institute led by Dr. John Ward, that we are a strong
partner in providing the highest quality of care upon which Huntsman has
earned its worldwide reputation.”
The new agreement lays out the framework for how the two hospitals will
collaborate to ensure residents of the Jackson Hole region have access
to specialists from one of the country's top cancer institutes. The
partnership also allows St. John's to take advantage of the educational
opportunities and operational “best practices” associated
with a larger cancer center, along with improved access to clinical trials
and other research efforts.
Other key features of the agreement include access to Huntsman’s
oncologic library and online resources for cancer support as well as assistance
with St. John’s certification as a Cancer Center of Excellence by
the American College of Surgeons.
John Sweetenham, MD, Executive Medical Director at Huntsman Cancer Institute,
said "Our organizations share a commitment to provide the highest
quality cancer care. We recognize that no one wants to leave his or her
community when they get sick. The goal of this partnership is to enhance
St. John's ability to serve the residents in the region with high
quality cancer care and make sure they have access to the highly specialized
care available at Huntsman Cancer Institute when they need it."
Longtime community member Shelley Simonton, who receives care at Huntsman
Cancer Institute and St. John’s Medical Center, expressed heartfelt
enthusiasm about the new partnership. “It’s a dream to know
that my doctors at St. John’s and at Huntsman will be working even
more closely together to coordinate patient care,” she said. “I
look forward to the day when I can travel less for medical care and still
receive the best care possible.”
Officials from UUHC and HCI will visit Jackson Hole on December 2 to participate
in a public celebration of the affiliation. More details to follow.
Media contacts: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
Suzanne Young, (801) 661-4609,
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTER
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service
hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center.
ABOUT HUNTSMAN CANCER INSTITUTE
Huntsman Cancer Institute's mission is to understand cancer from its
beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer
treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide
education about cancer risk, prevention, and care.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF UTAH HEALTH CARE
University of Utah Health Care is the Intermountain West’s only
academic health care system, combining excellence in patient care, the
latest in medical research, and teaching to provide leading-edge medicine
in a caring and personal setting. The system provides care for Utahns
and residents of five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing
more than 10 percent of the continental United States.
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic
support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s
Medical Center, including patient-centered care, clinical excellence,
and community wellness. For more information, visit