Ridgeview, Minnesota Oncology partnering to form new Cancer & Infusion Center



Lisa Steinbauer
Ph. 952-442-2191, ext. 6102

Colleen Schwab
Ph. 952-361-5849

Ridgeview, Minnesota Oncology partnering to form new Cancer & Infusion Center
Consolidating services into Chaska and Waconia locations

Waconia, Minn.—July 21, 2016—Ridgeview Medical Center and Minnesota Oncology have announced that, effective Sept. 1, 2016, the two organizations will enter into a joint venture partnership and form a consolidated oncology services program with clinics conveniently located in Chaska and Waconia. This new, formal partnership strengthens the existing, long-term relationship between the two health care providers while providing the most comprehensive, convenient and highest quality of oncology/hematology and specialty infusion care in the region.

The new Minnesota Oncology & Ridgeview Cancer & Infusion Center will bring together competing services and clinics, and consolidate them into the two current Minnesota Oncology locations in Chaska (Lakeview Professional Building, 110105 Pioneer Trail, Suite 302) and Waconia (Ridgeview Professional Building, 560 S. Maple Street, Suite 100).

“Patients and community members in the southwest metro recognize Ridgeview and Minnesota Oncology for health care excellence. Our shared goal and guiding principles with our new partnership are to offer a local, ‘destination cancer and infusion center’ to meet the needs of the patients and communities we jointly serve,” said Michael Phelps, Chief Operating Officer, Ridgeview Medical Center. “The new Minnesota Oncology & Ridgeview Cancer & Infusion Center will help our patients have the best quality of life possible through common clinical pathways, combined medical records, access to additional clinical research, enhanced patient navigation and support services, as well as expanded cancer rehabilitation via Ridgeview’s STAR Program (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation).”

“This is a true joint venture, and we’re looking forward to partnering with Ridgeview Medical Center to offer the most comprehensive cancer care in the region,” said Randy Thompson, Executive Director of Minnesota Oncology.

“Our collaboration with Ridgeview will allow us to provide the highest-quality, most cost-effective and streamlined care to patients with a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis,” added Dean Gesme, MD, President of Minnesota Oncology.

With this new structure, Ridgeview will close its Hematology/Oncology outpatient clinics, located in Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska and at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, on Sept. 1. Ridgeview will continue to provide infusion therapy services in its Waconia hospital building for inpatients within the hospital and those needing after-hours or emergent infusion services.

“We are fully committed to providing our patients with the best-possible care and access to the services they need. Though the clinic location at which our hematology/oncology and specialty infusion patients receive care will change, we are working closely with our Minnesota Oncology partner to ensure a smooth transition,” Phelps added.

About Minnesota Oncology
Minnesota Oncology is a group of more than 70 oncology and hematology specialists dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers—lung, breast, gynecological, colorectal, prostate and others—as well as many blood disorders. It has 11 locations across the Twin Cities metropolitan area and is the largest independent oncology practice in the region. The practice has a history of innovation—bringing a community-based, integrated cancer care model and dedication to continuing advancements in the treatment of cancer. Minnesota Oncology patients have access to specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, Minnesota Oncology’s full circle of care includes access to assistance such as social work and patient advocacy, nutrition therapy, patient financial counselors, educational classes, support groups, nurse navigators, advance care planning, palliative care and a survivorship program. For information, visit www.mnoncology.com or call 952-361-5800.

About Ridgeview Medical Center and its Cancer Care Program
Ridgeview is nationally recognized as a Community Cancer Program, accredited by the Commission on Cancer, partnering with leading cancer care providers, clinics and programs to diagnose, treat and support more than 500 adult cancer patients annually through a multidisciplinary team.

Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, regional health care system located 35 minutes west of Minneapolis on Highway 5. Its network includes two hospitals—located in Waconia and Arlington—a multitude of primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs, and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska—a free-standing 24/7 emergency and urgent care facility with multispecialty clinics and services. For more information, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org or www.twotwelvemedical.org.

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