Kentuckiana Cancer Institute to Join Norton Healthcare
LOUISVILLE, KY. (December 23, 2011): Kentuckiana Cancer Institute (KCI) officials today announced an agreement to join Norton Cancer Institute, part of the Norton Healthcare system. The agreement, which includes nine oncologists, will expand the depth and reach of Norton Healthcare’s regional cancer care options while bringing access to additional services to current KCI patients. KCI provides medical oncology, hematology and infusion services to some 5,000 patients in the Louisville area and Southern Indiana.
“As the dialogue between both institutes evolved, we were excited about both the possibilities of working together to fight cancer and the remarkable synergies that result both in the patient care as well as the clinical research arenas,” said Robert N. Shaw, president, Norton Cancer Institute. “We have long recognized the need for greater collaboration and increased access to comprehensive treatment throughout our community. This agreement better enables Norton Healthcare, Norton Cancer Institute and the physicians of KCI to help meet the needs of our community.”
With KCI operations in downtown and northeastern Louisville, LaGrange, Bardstown, Corydon, Clarksville and New Albany, KCI officials saw clear benefits in aligning with Norton Healthcare. “Norton Cancer Institute is a leading provider of cancer care in the region, with an expansive and comprehensive array of innovative treatment options,” said Renato LaRocca, M.D., director of KCI. “This agreement will provide our patients with access to services and support programs, as well as expanded clinical trial options, that are ahead of the curve and will yield a measurable impact on oncology outcomes.”
“Partnering with Norton Healthcare and Norton Cancer Institute represents a tremendous opportunity for KCI,” said Shawn Glisson, M.D, physician of KCI, “and will lead to excellent outcomes and access to care for our patients and their families. We are very excited to work with the great physicians of Norton Cancer Institute and the excellent medical staff and nurses at Norton Healthcare.”
Current KCI patients will soon receive letters advising them of today’s agreement with Norton Healthcare, along with details of any changes regarding where they should go for treatment or regularly scheduled medical consultations. If patients have questions, they should call the transition line at (502) 588-9411, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Letter to Patients