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Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute officially certified as the first member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

October 21, 2014 By Hartford HealthCare

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) has been formally certified as the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve quality of care and outcomes for cancer patients in community healthcare settings. The Cancer Institute is comprised of five cancer centers — one at each of Hartford HealthCare’s acute care hospitals across Connecticut.

“This is a momentous day not only for the cancer programs within the Institute, but especially for current cancer patients – and those yet to be diagnosed, across our state who will benefit enormously from this innovative partnership,” said Elliot Joseph, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hartford HealthCare. “Through our first-of-its-kind relationship with Memorial Sloan Kettering, one of the world’s most prestigious cancer centers, we will be able to bring the latest advances in treatment and research to patients in our state much more quickly and effectively than ever before.”

“At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are relentless in our pursuit of improving cancer care and part of that effort includes sharing new knowledge with others. Today, after a year of hard work, we are proud and excited to see this new model of collaboration take shape so that the highest quality cancer care is more accessible to more patients,” said Craig Thompson, MD, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The certification of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute as a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance comes after one year of intensive review and assessment of all the cancer programs and services within the Institute. The five cancer centers included are at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Hartford Hospital, MidState Medical Center in Meriden, The Hospital of Central Connecticut in
New Britain, and Windham Hospital.

For more information about the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s programs and services, call the Cancer Connect line at 855-255-6181. To learn more about the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, visit www.TogetherAhead.org.

About the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance is an initiative designed to
collaboratively guide community providers toward state-of-the-art cancer care. Our
overarching goal is to improve the lives of cancer patients through dynamic
partnership with local care providers. For more information about the Memorial Sloan
Kettering Cancer Alliance, go to www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/msk-alliance..

About the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is made up of the five cancer centers at
each of the acute care hospitals within Hartford HealthCare – the William W. Backus
Hospital, Hartford Hospital, MidState Medical Center, The Hospital of Central
Connecticut and Windham Hospital. The mission of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer
Institute is to ensure that cancer patients who come to any of our hospitals receive
consistently excellent care built around the most advanced treatment in a
compassionate and convenient setting. Through the Institute’s membership in the
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, patients are also assured that their care is
consistent with guidelines and standards as established by Memorial Sloan Kettering,
one of the world’s premier cancer centers. For more information on the Hartford
HealthCare Cancer Institute, go to www.togetherahead.org.