Wilson hospital joins Duke Cancer Network


From Contributed Reports

Monday, February 5, 2018

Wilson Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, has joined the Duke Cancer Network.

As the hospital continues to expand oncology services, becoming a Duke cancer affiliate provides the Wilson Medical Center team further access to the clinical experience and expertise of the Duke Cancer Institute, which is designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, ranking it among the top 4 percent of U.S. centers.

“Becoming a Duke cancer affiliate provides us access to Duke’s latest cancer guidelines, practices and cancer research, in addition to expanded training on cancer-related health issues, including protocols for cancer care,” Wilson Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Bill Caldwell said. “As a Duke LifePoint hospital, we have a strong connection to Duke and LifePoint to support our patient safety, quality and daily operations. Further aligning oncology services with Duke allows us to enhance that relationship by connecting our physicians and clinicians with educational opportunities for advanced cancer care.”

Through this collaboration, a multidisciplinary team of experts from the Duke Cancer Network will work closely with the Wilson Medical Center oncology services team, which includes oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, surgeons and radiation oncology specialists.

“Wilson Medical Center’s affiliation with the Duke Cancer Network will bring Duke oncology experts together with their colleagues in Wilson to create a cancer program to serve the needs of the community in the community,” said Dr. Linda Sutton, medical director of the Duke Cancer Network. “We hope that over time, patients will be able to stay in the community to receive services such as clinical trials that they have had to leave the community for in the past.”

Accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons, Wilson Medical Center’s comprehensive cancer care offers a wide range of services to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, including radiation therapy, brachytherapy, multi-disciplinary cancer clinics, counseling, screenings and surgery. A dedicated team of cancer specialists meets weekly to collaborate and develop individualized treatment plans for patients.

“We are extremely enthusiastic about this unique opportunity to collaborate with the Duke Cancer Network and Duke Cancer Institute to improve and enhance services provided to our cancer patients in the Wilson community,” Medical Oncologist Dr. Keith Lerro said. “This alliance will not only enhance our ability to provide state-of-the-art care in Wilson but will also allow our patients better access to highly-specialized physicians and technologies available only at larger medical centers such as Duke.”