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UMass Memorial Health Care and Holy Family Hospital Collaborate for Radiation Oncology

Monday, July 08, 2013

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UMass Memorial Health Care and William L. Lane Cancer Center radiation oncologists team up to collectively provide radiation oncology diagnosis, treatment and care

Methuen, Mass — October 15, 2012 - Holy Family Hospital, a Steward family hospital, and the UMass Memorial Medical Group, a physician practice of UMass Memorial Health Care, have signed an agreement to provide radiation oncology care at Holy Family Hospital’s Cancer Center.  Effective immediately, this engagement brings advanced radiation oncology treatment to the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. 

Three physicians from the UMass Memorial Medical Group, a multi-specialty group practice of more than 1,000 physicians who are on the faculty at UMass Medical School, will be practicing with Holy Family Hospital’s radiation oncologists Astrid Peterson, MD and Daniel Flynn, MD to provide patient care. They are: Thomas (T.J.) FitzGerald, MD, David J. Goff, MD, Lakshmi Narayan Shanmugham, MD.  Dr. FitzGerald has been appointed the Medical Director of Holy Family Hospital’s Cancer Center, Department of Radiation Oncology. He is also the chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UMass Memorial Health Care and directs the internationally recognized Quality Assurance Review Center (QARC), a clinical research program within the UMass Medical School providing services to the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) cancer clinical trials program to improve cancer care.

“We’re proud to work with UMass Memorial Health Care to enhance access to the highest quality, most advanced cancer care in this region,” said Lester P. Schindel, President of Holy Family Hospital.  “This agreement underscores our commitment to bring the expertise of one of the largest radiation oncology providers in New England right to our community, and offer World Class care in a convenient and affordable location. With access to our clinically sophisticated team and state-of-the-art treatment, patients can feel even more confident in receiving care close to home.” 
Holy Family Hospital’s Cancer Center was recently awarded a three-year accreditation (2012-2015) and the Outstanding Achievement Award (2009-2011) from the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). Currently, Holy Family's Cancer Center is one of only nine hospitals in Massachusetts, and one of only three north of Boston, to garner this level of commendation. Holy Family has held this distinction for six consecutive years, beginning in 2006. 

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About Holy Family Hospital, a Steward Family Hospital 
Holy Family Hospital, a member of Steward Health Care, is a 261-bed acute-care hospital serving some 450,000 people in 20 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire, including Methuen, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover and Haverhill, MA; and Salem, NH. Holy Family is fully accredited and has proudly received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, the world leader in evaluating the quality and safety of patient care. For more information about the hospital's programs and services, visit www.stewardholyfamily.org

About UMass Memorial Health Care
UMass Memorial Health Care is Central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with UMass Memorial Medical Center, its academic medical center, member and affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. To learn more about UMass Memorial, please visit www.umassmemorial.org, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Media Contacts:
Anna Frankenfield
Communications Manager
Holy Family Hospital
978-687-0156, ext. 2659   

Rob Brogna
Manager, PR and Media
UMass Memorial Health Care
(508) 793-5394

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