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2 state cancer centers form affiliation for research

Lexington Medical Cancer Center has formed a partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston. 

The two organizations say the affiliation will provide Lexington Medical Center’s patients with comprehensive cancer services, as well as access to more than 200 clinical trials underway through the National Cancer Institute and designated to MUSC, according to a news release.

As one of 71 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers, MUSC serves as a home to more than 120 cancer researchers from institutions across the country. 

“MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is committed to improving the care of cancer patients across our state,” Dr. David Zaas, CEO of MUSC Health Charleston Division, said in the news release. “We are excited to partner with Lexington Medical Center to help ensure patients can access innovative clinical research trials and new approaches to care, including state-of-the art therapies closer to home.” 

The partnership will advance Lexington Medical Cancer Center, according to its medical director, Dr. Quillin Davis.

“As the Midlands’ only hospital providing comprehensive cancer care, we are excited about the benefits our affiliation with MUSC Hollings Cancer Center brings to our patients,” Davis said in the release. “Having access to their National Cancer Institute-designated clinical trials and research expertise will allow our patients to receive the latest, most innovative treatment while staying here in their community.” 

Lexington Medical Cancer Center is located in West Columbia and employs more than 7,800 health care professionals.  

Lexington Medical Center named top metro hospital

U.S. News & World Report has named Lexington Medical Center the best hospital in the Columbia metro area and the second-best hospital in South Carolina.

Lexington Medical was also ranked as high-performing in the treatment of 11 adult procedures and conditions, including back and colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and heart and kidney failure.

“Recognition as a Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report reflects our dedication to delivering advanced medicine and state-of-the-art treatments to promote the health and well-being of our patients and their families,” Dr. Brent M. Powers, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Lexington Medical Center, said in a news release. “Achieving this prestigious ranking takes years of collaboration and innovation among specialties and providers throughout our organization. We are proud of our exceptional physicians, nurses, clinicians and staff for their continued commitment to providing quality health services that meet the needs of our communities.”

The annual Best Hospital rankings, now in their 33rd year, reflect an evaluation of more than 4,500 hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions.

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