Mission Health Announces Partnership with Sarah Cannon to Advance Comprehensive Cancer Programs

The trusted cancer experts at Mission Health join HCA Healthcare’s Cancer Institute to enhance cancer services for patients across western North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina – (October 29, 2020) Mission Health has partnered with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, to expand its comprehensive cancer services for the thousands of patients facing the disease across the western North Carolina region. Through the collaboration, patients will have greater access to world-class cancer care programs, including expanded nurse navigation programs, close to home.

“Sarah Cannon is an internationally-recognized cancer organization providing integrated cancer services and access to the latest treatments for patients across HCA Healthcare and beyond,” said Greg Lowe, President of the HCA Healthcare North Carolina Division. “By partnering with Sarah Cannon, we leverage the scope of our expertise, compassionate caregivers and advanced facilities to provide a stronger cancer care model that will reach and treat more patients throughout the region.”

As a part of Sarah Cannon’s network, Mission Health experts will contribute to advancing standards of care across Sarah Cannon’s cancer programs in the U.S. and UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mission Health program implemented cutting-edge research in partnership with Sarah Cannon and HCA Healthcare Research Institute, providing access to a convalescent plasma study for patients fighting the virus.

“We are proud to officially launch our collaboration with the team of trusted experts and leaders at Mission Health,” said Dee Anna Smith, CEO at Sarah Cannon. “With a shared commitment to delivering the highest quality care, Sarah Cannon and Mission Health can collaboratively enhance multidisciplinary programs and redefine how cancer care is delivered for people facing cancer, close to home.”

As a part of HCA Healthcare and Sarah Cannon, Mission Cancer Specialists recently completed a $3.7M renovation of its surgical oncology clinic providing the latest technology, resources and services for patients facing cancer in the Asheville community and western North Carolina region.

“By joining a global network of physician leaders, our experts and caregivers can further enhance care for our patients,” said Paul Ahearne, MD, Surgical Oncologist at Mission Cancer Specialists. “We look forward to the impact this collaboration will have as we continue to advance our comprehensive cancer programs.”

Through the partnership, Mission Hospital and the SECU and Hope Cancer Centers will continue to serve as comprehensive cancer programs providing disease-specific services across the continuum of care, and will be supported by Mission Health’s other additional facilities providing diagnostic and support services.


About Sarah Cannon
Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, offers integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer in communities across the United States and United Kingdom. Sarah Cannon’s cancer programs include individualized patient navigation provided by oncology-trained nurses, more than 1,200 stem cell transplants performed annually throughout the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, hundreds of clinical trials, and molecular profiling capabilities. Through its services, Sarah Cannon is providing state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients, a number unmatched by any single cancer center. To learn more about Sarah Cannon, visit sarahcannon.com.

About Mission Health
Mission Health, an operating division of HCA Healthcare, is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and is the state’s sixth largest health system. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 colleagues and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org or @MissionHealthNC.

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