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Two Hospitals Among 14 in Nation Awarded National Cancer Institute Contracts
05/14/2010
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Saint Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids were among only 14 sites nationally selected by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to join a national network of community cancer centers offering expanded research opportunities and state-of-the-art cancer care. This designation, which was announced April 21, includes contracts worth a total of $5 million for both Ministry Organizations and will result in 21 new positions.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor was awarded approximately $2.5 million that will be used over four years. The funds will create positions for 11 cancer specialists. The positions will include: genetics coordinator; continuum of care coordinator; additional nurse navigators; minority clinical research recruiter; health disparities community liaison; biospecimen specialist, oncology health disparities specialist; patient financial counselor; quality specialist; and cancer IT specialist.

Saint Mary's Heath Care in Grand Rapids was awarded approximately $2.4 million for two years. The funds will support 10 new positions, which include: project manager; two community navigators; clinical research coordinator; biostatistician; survivorship director; nurse navigator; quality management specialist; cancer resource specialist; and tissue procurement specialist.

Both MOs are members of Trinity Health’s Mercy Cancer Network, which delivers the latest in cancer diagnostics, clinical research trials and therapeutic technology to communities throughout Michigan through its 17 hospitals and cancer center locations.

These contracts are part of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), which is using $40 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand its number of community hospital-based sites from 16 to 30.

NCCCP is designed to create new research opportunities across the cancer continuum from screening and treatment to follow-up care, with an emphasis on minority and underserved populations. Expanding the NCCCP network will provide access to more patients in community cancer centers to support these research efforts.
For more information on the program, visit ncccp.cancer.gov.

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