February 26, 2007 - ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Minnesota Oncology Hematology, P.A. (MOHPA) and Allina Hospitals & Clinics announced a joint vision for bringing integrated, comprehensive cancer care services to residents of the East Metro Area and Western Wisconsin. Today, the first step in making this vision a reality was taken, as a lease on a new facility at Lake Road and Highway 494 in Woodbury, Minnesota, was finalized. MOHPA and Allina will be joining Metro Urology in the Cornerstone Medical Specialty Centre, which is currently under construction at that location.
"Patients want to get exceptional, integrated, comprehensive cancer services close to home," said Thomas Flynn, M.D. president, MOHPA. "Our vision is to set the standard for excellence in cancer care in the Upper Midwest by providing fully integrated, comprehensive cancer services, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, that support research efforts, establish collaborative physician models and deliver care as close to the community as appropriate."
By co-locating services and sharing technology, the parties said this project will reduce duplication of services and is cost effective.
"By sharing a facility and providing care in the community, we will not only meet the needs of patients by providing holistic and patient-centered care, we also will maximize our facility, technology and expertise and reduce expenses," explained Mark Mishek, president of United Hospital, part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics. "This is a continuation of MOHPA and Allina's work together to provide cancer care to the community."
With this model, Allina and MOHPA can draw on the resources, expertise and best practices of each organization to deliver a new model of care. Specifically, care will be coordinated, integrated and patient-centered. Holistic and integrated therapies, such as massage, nutrition and acupuncture, will be among the services provided to patients. The care experience, from prevention to diagnoses to treatment will be coordinated across specialists to meet the needs of each individual.
"We're thrilled to have MOHPA and Allina join Metro Urology in our new building in Woodbury" said Randall Thompson, Executive Director, Metro Urology. "Together, we bring exceptional skills, resources and patient care."
The facility, already under construction, is expected to open in Fall 2007. The facility will serve the 1.8 million residents of the East Metro Area and Western Wisconsin.
MOHPA is a 40-physician practice made up of specialists in medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology and gynecologic oncology/surgery with 8 clinic sites in the greater Twin Cities area. MOHPA provides comprehensive, integrated care for individuals with cancer and blood disorders. MOHPA clinics provide on-site laboratory services, chemotherapy administration, patient education, nutrition consultations, access to patient advocates, and at some sites radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging services, and a pharmacy specializing in cancer treatments. MOHPA can be found online at www.mohpa.com.
About Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Allina Hospitals & Clinics is a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina owns and operates 11 hospitals, 65 clinics, hospice services, oxygen and equipment, pharmacies, and emergency medical transportation services. Allina Hospitals & Clinics and the latest health information can be found online at www.allina.com.