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St. Joseph Hospital Selected to Continue Participation in National Cancer Institute Program to Enhance Cancer Research and Care


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 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 health care 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.

"Our continued NCCCP selection is an honor for St. Joseph Hospital and continues to exemplify our commitment to cutting edge cancer care," said Maria Gonzales, director of operations, The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment and co-principal Investigator, NCCCP. "Our continued partnership with the National Cancer Institute furthers St. Joseph Hospital's mission of serving the Orange County Community."

The complete list of NCCCP community hospitals, effective 7/1/2012:

Community Hospitals

  • Billings Clinic, Billings, Montana (Billings Clinic Cancer Center)
  • Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Delaware (Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care)
  • Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Einstein Cancer Center)
  • Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania (Geisinger Cancer Institute)
  • Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin (Gundersen Lutheran Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders)
  • Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut (Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center)
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pennsylvania (John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center)
  • Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa (Mercy Cancer Center)
  • Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia (The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute)
  • Norton Suburban Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky (Norton Cancer Institute)
  • Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins)
  • The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (The Queen's Cancer Center)
  • Saint Mary's Health Care, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Lacks Cancer Center)
  • Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Sanford Cancer Center)
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, South Carolina (Gibbs Regional Cancer Center)
  • St. Joseph's/Candler, Savannah, Georgia (Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion)
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, California (The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment)

Health System

Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, Colorado, for the following hospitals:

  • Penrose – St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Penrose Cancer Center)
  • A coordinated regional program in Nebraska:
  • Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, NE (Good Samaritan Cancer Center)
  • St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, NE (St. Elizabeth Cancer Center)
  • St. Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, NE (St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center)

For more information about the NCCCP network, visit

About St. Joseph Health – St. Joseph Hospital
Founded in 1929, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, is a nationally recognized, 525-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital dedicated to extending the healing ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, St. Joseph Hospital's reputation for clinical excellence and compassionate, family-centered care draws patients from all over the United States. This is one reason why St. Joseph Hospital was named one of the top 10 hospitals in the Los Angeles/Orange County area by U.S. News & World Report. With a highly recognized 1,000-member medical staff and more than 3,800 support staff, St. Joseph Hospital is home to more than 75 specialty programs, including The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, the Heart and Vascular Center and a nationally acclaimed Orthopedics program that has been ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Equally important is St. Joseph Hospital's dedication to caring for the medically underserved through health education programs, a free-standing medical and dental clinic, and mobile health vans. St. Joseph Hospital depends on philanthropic support from the community to carry out its mission. These efforts are coordinated through the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.