IU Simon Cancer Center, Good Samaritan Hospital announce affiliation agreement


INDIANAPOLIS -- (Dec. 1, 2009) -- The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center / Clarian Health and Good Samaritan Hospital today announced an affiliation agreement.   

The agreement gives Vincennes, Ind.-based Good Samaritan Hospital access to the resources and services of the IU Simon Cancer, an IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health partnership.

“This partnership with the IU Simon Cancer Center gives our patients access to world-class treatment right here in Vincennes,” Matthew Bailey, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital, said.

Kurt Maddock, M.D., a surgeon at Good Samaritan Hospital and chairman of its Cancer Care Committee, added:  “The educational opportunities the affiliation brings will allow our staff to expand their oncology knowledge from a world-renowned cancer center, and then bring that knowledge back to our facility and patients.  The clinical trials and access to second opinions from IU Simon Cancer Center physicians will also be a huge benefit to our patients.”

The affiliation, which was announced during a news conference at the Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Pavilion, includes clinical, research, and educational components.

The clinical component ensures access to the IU Simon Cancer Center’s highly specialized physicians, its reports and results to Good Samaritan’s referring physicians and their patients, and makes IU Simon Cancer Center physicians available for second opinions.

The research component makes it possible for Good Samaritan patients to enroll in clinical trials at the cancer center and through the Hoosier Oncology Group, a working association of IU medical center physicians and 400 oncologists statewide. 

The educational component will allow the Good Samaritan staff to participate in grand rounds and conferences, special education venues, lectures by IU faculty, and training for non-physician staff.

“We look forward to collaborating with the physicians and staff at Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Pavilion,” Fuad Hammoudeh, administrator of IU Simon Cancer Center / Clarian Health cancer programs, said.  “The affiliation agreement is good news for cancer patients and their families in the Vincennes area.  We are committed to supporting and enhancing the excellent cancer services already available at  Good Samaritan Hospital.”