The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, selected St. Joseph Hospital to continue participation in its national network of community cancer centers. A member of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) since 2007, St. Joseph Hospital was awarded $1,044,324.15 to fund participation in the NCCCP network for

the program's next two years.

The NCCCP is a collaborative network of community hospitals working to: expand cancer research, enhance access to cancer care, and improve the quality of care for cancer patients served by community hospitals in urban, suburban and rural areas, with an emphasis on underserved populations. The majority of U.S. cancer patients are diagnosed with and treated for the disease in their local communities, where they can remain closer to home rather than commute to major academic medical centers. The NCCCP network has served approximately 53,000 new cancer cases each year.

Launched in 2007 as a pilot program comprised of 16 community hospitals, the NCCCP added 14 additional sites to the network in 2010. Funding available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allowed the 30 NCCCP hospitals to recently compete for a program extension; 21 of them were awarded funds to continue program participation. St. Joseph Hospital's selection ensures that the NCCCP network's ongoing efforts to offer state-of-the-art coordinated care and to create research opportunities will continue to be addressed in the Orange County community.

With a major focus on reducing cancer healthcare disparities, the 21 NCCCP community hospitals will continue efforts to enhance patient access to the latest, evidence-based cancer care, improve the overall quality of care, and expand research opportunities across the cancer continuum. St. Joseph Hospital's continued participation in the program helps to support NCI's overall mission of accelerating cancer research and improving outcomes for cancer patients across the U.S.

Quote from Maria Gonzales, B.S., Director of Operations, The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Co-Principal Investigator, NCCCP:

"Our continued NCCCP selection is an honor for St. Joseph Hospital and continues to exemplify our commitment to cutting edge cancer care. Our continued partnership with the National Cancer Institute furthers the St. Joseph Hospital mission of serving the Orange County Community"

For more information about the NCCCP network, visit