Mercy announced the signing of 11 oncologists today in a monumental recruitment effort that elevates Mercy to the forefront of cancer care in Oklahoma’s central and western regions. Mercy now features the largest team of oncologists statewide outside of Tulsa.
“This landmark deal signals the dawn of a new era for Mercy in the field of oncology, unveiling our strong commitment to cancer care,” said Di Smalley, CEO of Mercy in Oklahoma. “Yet this is only the beginning. Our mission – our ministry – is to bring comprehensive cancer care to communities throughout this state.”
Mercy is now providing cancer services to several locations in four counties – Carter (Ardmore), Cleveland (Norman), Garfield (Enid) and Oklahoma – with a goal for further expansion. In Oklahoma City, Mercy’s new oncologists are already serving patients on the Mercy campus and at the new Lake Hefner Pointe offices, where more than 100 employees have also been hired.
Construction of a new, $14 million cancer center is also underway at Mercy Memorial in Ardmore – another sign of Mercy’s broader commitment to cancer care. The center is scheduled to open in Spring 2011.
“These are dynamic times for Mercy and our patients,” said Cullen Thomas, M.D., J.D., president of Mercy Clinic of Oklahoma. “We recognized long ago that the delivery of cancer services has largely been fragmented in Oklahoma, and Mercy now offers patients the opportunity to receive care closer to where they live. Our model of care will simplify their lives and bring them more peace of mind.
“Mercy’s vision begins with this historic deal – one that brings seasoned, cancer specialists into a coordinated, clinical process that will positively touch countless lives.”
Mercy’s new oncologists bring decades of research and experience, some with more than 30 years in the field of cancer care. They join Mercy Clinic, a multispecialty medical group that is physician-led and professionally managed by Mercy – an organizational structure that provides a vast amount of support and resources.
“Mercy offered us the best opportunity to care for patients,” said Vikki Canfield, M.D., one of Mercy’s new oncologists. “In evaluating our options, Mercy’s vision of providing coordinated and comprehensive care to cancer patients was attractive to our group of physicians as we anticipate changes in health care with focus on quality and outcomes.”
This model of care will remain the foundation of Mercy’s future oncology endeavors.
“Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult enough to deal with,” said Tracy Higgs, Mercy’s administrator of oncology services. “That’s why our goal is to make the journey of care as easy and as seamless as possible for our patients and their families.”