(EFFINGHAM, IL) – In a recent release of the U.S.  News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” survey,  MD Anderson Cancer Center was ranked No. 1 in cancer care. HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is proud to be a certified  member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson in  Houston.
The collaboration, first launched in March 2018, builds on the work and clinical advancements of the  cancer care experts in  the Effingham area,  and connects them with internationally known leaders in cancer care. The hospital’s service is called “HSHS Integrated Cancer Services,” which will be used as a standard across the hospitals of the HSHS Southern Illinois Division to  demonstrate the quality cancer services  offered regardless of which HSHS hospital.
Physicians on St. Anthony’s Medical Staff that are certified physicians of MD Anderson Cancer Network include Dr. Ruben Boyajian, Dr. Philip Dy, Dr. Casey Duncan, Dr. Lisa Kowalski, Dr. P. Dharmadev (David)  L. Nayak and  Dr. Hanna Saba.
St. Anthony’s collaboration with  the  network means  local  access  to the pioneering evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed and refined over the last 80 years by the subspecialized experts at MD Anderson. These are disease-specific guidelines for cancer treatment, prevention, diagnosis,  symptom management and  follow-up care. Collaborations between network members and MD Anderson experts provide high quality care to patients within  the communities where they live. Local physicians still care for patients at local facilities.
Theresa Rutherford, president  and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, shared, “We  are proud to be a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network. The affiliation allows  our certified physicians to have  access to  advanced treatment guidelines and best practices developed by MD Anderson to bring new hope to local cancer patients while  remaining close to home for  their care,”  she said.
MD Anderson’s mission is to eliminate cancer not only in Texas but across the nation and the world. The  mission to end cancer drives MD Anderson Cancer Network to reach out to like-minded health  providers and elevate the level of cancer care in communities around the nation. St.  Anthony’s became the 18th certified  member of MD Anderson Cancer Network in March 2018. 
As  a certified member of the network,  HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital utilizes  MD Anderson’s renowned clinical standards and expertise to elevate the quality of patient care with one clear, shared mission — to end cancer.
For more information about HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s  cancer care services and its affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network, visit the hospital’s web site at stanthonyshospital.org/cancer. For additional information about MD Anderson Cancer Network, visit MDAnderson.org/cancernetwork.

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