Network Partners & Members
The Northside Hospital health care system is an 852-bed, not-for-profit health care provider with more than 150 locations across Georgia, including three acute care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Atlanta, Cherokee County and Forsyth County. Northside Hospital leads the U.S. in newborn deliveries, diagnoses and treats the most cancer cases in Georgia and performs the most surgeries in Georgia. Ranked #4 on the U.S. News list of the Best Hospitals in Georgia and the only Georgia hospital on the Forbes list of America's Best Employers, Northside has more than 2,500 physicians and 11,000 employees who serve nearly 2 million patient visits annually across a full range of medical services.
The Cancer Care Program at Northside Hospital offers the best of both worlds: clinical excellence on par with academic-based programs along with the personalized and attentive care typically associated with a community hospital. Northside has been offering cancer care services since 1978 and is one of the largest, most respected oncology care providers in Atlanta. At Northside, more cases of breast cancer and gynecologic cancer are diagnosed and treated than at any other hospital in Atlanta. In addition, every type of adult bone marrow transplant procedure is performed at Northside, making it the only community hospital in Atlanta to do so. Northside Hospital also offers a wide variety of innovative cancer clinical trials, some of which are typically only available in a university hospital setting.
Oncology services provided through the LCRP are housed within a 60,000-square-foot, freestanding facility that serves both St. Joseph's and Candler Hospitals within the health system. Partnering with private practice physicians within the medical community, the LCRP offers complete and comprehensive services to support patient care along the disease continuum from outreach and early detection through diagnosis and treatment, survivorship, palliative care and/or end of life care. Access to the complete complement of supportive services from pastoral care to integrative medicine adds to the patient care experience.
Georgia CORE is an independent, 501(c) 3, not-for-profit organization created in 2003 as a result of a landmark legislative decision, championed by former Governor Roy Barnes, to dedicate a portion of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement to the creation of a program to make Georgia a leader in cancer prevention, treatment, and research. The plan called for the expansion of clinical trials to ensure that Georgians had access to the highest quality care based on the most current treatments in their local communities. Georgia CORE operates a research network of 24 leading oncology practices, cancer centers (including NHCI and LCRP), and academic medical centers that provide care to two-thirds of all new cancer cases in Georgia. Georgia CORE maintains a Master Clinical Trials Agreement with each of its 24 network sites. The Board of Directors is the governing body of Georgia CORE. Members of the Board are representative of oncology private practices, community hospitals, and academic centers. A CEO and president, vice-president, administrative coordinator, community relations and communications specialist, a health education specialist, a genetic education specialist, and specialty consultants support the work of Georgia CORE.
The Community Site receives referrals from over 100 primary care physicians in the catchment area. Each member of the Community Site consortium continues to build upon existing physician relationships. Providers located within the local vicinity of each component/subcomponent or network site refer the majority of patients. These institutions often consult and refer to the Community Site components, state academic cancer centers, and sites that offer cutting-edge therapies and clinical trials to meet specialized cancer care needs.
John B. Amos Cancer Center (JBACC) at Columbus Regional Healthcare System takes a full-service, interdisciplinary approach to patient care. Oncology specialists and state of the art technology combined with integrative services support the goal of providing the highest level of oncology care to patients and their families. One of the benefits of receiving care at JBACC is the opportunity to participate in cancer research through clinical trials and biospecimen donation. JBACC is represented on the Georgia CORE Board of Directors by the affiliate senior investigator.
Harbin Clinic, located in Rome, Georgia, is the largest privately owned, multi-specialty physician group in the state. The staff includes 140 physicians who represent more than 30 medical specialties and subspecialties, including medical and radiation oncology. The Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO) named the Oncology Department of the Harbin Clinic the Practice of the Year for 2010. Through affiliation with the Atlanta Regional CCOP, the Harbin Clinic Cancer Center had access to more than 45 clinical trials. The Harbin Clinic is represented on the Georgia CORE Board of Directors by the affiliate senior investigator.
Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, Navicent Health, is the premier comprehensive cancer research and treatment center in Central Georgia. A multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals engages one-on-one with each patient to determine the most appropriate treatment, taking into account the effectiveness, side effects, and quality of life implications. Access to clinical trials is central to the cancer treatment and research program. Peyton Cancer Center is an affiliate of the Georgia CORE-GOG Consortium and is represented on the Georgia CORE Board of Directors by the affiliate senior investigator who also serves as the Medical Director for Georgia CORE.
Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for people in North Georgia. Located in Gainesville, GA, NGHS cancer care program offers an experienced team of board-certified physician specialists and clinical oncology professionals who work together to provide a comprehensive array of programs and services to meet the needs of patients and families. The patient navigation program provides guidance throughout the cancer experience. NGHS is fully accredited by DNV Healthcare, a federally approved accreditation option for hospitals that encompasses redesign of accreditation standards. The accreditation offers NGMC the opportunity to simultaneously satisfy its Medicare compliance requirements for reimbursement and implement the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. The Cancer Center is accredited with commendation by the ACoS-CoC s a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program.
About Our Partners & Members
The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute located in Atlanta Georgia has teamed with Savannah Georgia's St. Joseph's Candler Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion and the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) to provide a state-wide response to the new NCI NCORP initiative. This unique partnership consists of two NCCCP awardees, a nationally recognized state-wide clinical trials organization, and the principal organizations/investigators involved in the prior Atlanta regional CCOP.
These three organizations have substantial and significant experience working together as (1) NCCCP awardees (Northside Hospital Cancer Institute and St. Joseph's Candler Lewis Cancer Center) (2) as leaders in the Atlanta Regional CCOP (Northside) and as collaborators and active NCI accrual organizations in the state-wide clinical trials effort the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE). These organizations are current members of NCI Cooperative Groups and are active research partners at three (3) NCI designated Cancer Centers (Moffit, UAB and Winship).
The NHCI, a part of the Northside Hospital, Inc., a not-for-profit, non-academic, community-based hospital system offering comprehensive services at three acute care hospitals, 34 infusion centers (32 off-site), and four radiation oncology centers (one off-site). The NHCI is currently a NCI Community Cancer Center Program (NCCCP) site and will serve as the grantee and primary component for the Community Site. The NHCI will provide the administrative principal investigator, administrative offices, subcomponent research sites, and financial accountability for the Community Site.
The LCRP, the cancer institute of the St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital System and a NCCCP site in Savannah, GA, will serve as a Community Site Component. St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital System consists of two hospitals, three infusion centers (one off-site), and two radiation oncology centers (one off-site). LCRP will provide office space for the lead principal investigator and subcomponent sites for research.
Georgia CORE, an independent 501(c) 3, not-for-profit organization, will serve as a Consortium Partner with the Community Site. Georgia CORE has formed a statewide oncology research network, of which 5 sites will initially participate in the Community Site. Georgia CORE will provide and serve as the Operations and Data Management Core for the Community Site.
The two current NCCCP sites in Georgia, NHCI and LCRP, will be the primary participants in the CCDR for the Community Site. The Community Site Lead PI, H.A. Zaren, MD, FACS, has significant experience in CCDR will lead this research program.
Clinical Research Program Team
Fred Schnell, MD
Rabia Khalid, MPH, CHES
Biospecimen Program Team
Jonathan Lee, MD
Michelle Young, BS
Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR)
H.A. Zaren, MD, FACS
Alaina Underberg, MHSA