Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent's collaborate on cancer services

Volume 5, Issue 1, 2016


Medical oncology and chemotherapy services will be offered in a new Florida medical suite.

Photograph of Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

The Mayo Clinic campus in Florida and St. Vincent's HealthCare are collaborating to bring Mayo Clinic's nationally ranked cancer services to patients in a new medical suite on the campus of St. Vincent's Riverside.

The goal is to offer Mayo Clinic Cancer Center's programs and services to more patients directly in the Riverside community.

Construction of the 11,500-square-foot medical suite is expected to be completed in the summer of 2016.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with a local health system that is known worldwide for delivering superior cancer care," said Michael Schatzlein, M.D., president and CEO of St. Vincent's HealthCare, a ministry of Ascension Health. "Every year, thousands of patients travel across the globe to be treated by Mayo Clinic physicians, and now, St. Vincent's will offer our patients the same high-quality care right here on our Riverside campus."

As part of the agreement, Mayo Clinic will staff the facility with Mayo physicians. St. Vincent's will assume the remaining clinical and administrative responsibilities. The cancer services include medical oncology, an infusion center for chemotherapy, and multidisciplinary disease-specialized care for various types of cancer.

"We are honored to partner with St. Vincent's in this collaboration," said Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., vice president of operations for Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. "This agreement is exciting, because it enables Mayo Clinic to bring the highest-quality cancer care to even more patients in our area. Both institutions are an important part of the fabric of this great community. By joining forces, we will strengthen the delivery and quality of cancer care in this region."

St. Vincent's Riverside has one of the longest running cancer programs in the country, with more than 50 years of continual accreditation by the American College of Surgeons, and is home to the Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center.

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute in Northeast Florida and one of two in the state. Mayo Clinic also is one of only four institutions in Florida designated by the state as a Cancer Center of Excellence and is nationally ranked in cancer care in the U.S. News & World Report annual survey of more than 5,000 hospitals.