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Affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network®

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is now an affiliate of MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program of  MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. This collaboration builds on the work and clinical advancements of the cancer care experts in the Effingham area, and connects them with internationally -known leaders in cancer care.

At the affiliation ceremony, St. Anthony’s unveiled their new sign, highlighting the name of their service, “HSHS Integrated Cancer Services,” which will be used as a standard across the hospitals of the HSHS Southern Illinois Division to demonstrate the quality cancer services offered at these facilities. The ceremony also included “pinning” the physicians on St. Anthony’s Medical Staff who are now certified physicians of MD Anderson Cancer Network, including Philip Dy, MD; Casey Duncan, MD; Lisa Kowalski, MD; P.Dharmadev (David) L. Nayak, MD; Hanna Saba, MD; and Ruben Boyajian, MD

St. Anthony’s collaboration with the network means local access to the pioneering evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed and refined over the last 76 years by the subspecialized experts at MD Anderson. These are disease-specific guidelines for cancer treatment, prevention, diagnosis, symptom management and follow-up care. Collaborations between network members and MD Anderson experts provide high quality care to patients within the communities where they live. Local physicians still care for patients at local facilities.

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