On October 2, 2012, Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Lahey Clinic formally announced their newly expanded clinical affiliation to include cancer services. Lahey and Frisbie Memorial already have a successful urology affiliation, and now patients in the greater Rochester community will have access to more comprehensive cancer care, close to home.
Lahey Clinic president and CEO, Howard Grant, JD, MD, addressed Frisbie Memorial physicians, clinical
department managers and Board of Trustees on health care reform, the state of the local health care landscape, and the benefits of developing long-standing affiliations with community hospitals.
"We are so pleased to extend our clinical affiliation with Frisbie Memorial Hospital to include cancer services," said Grant. "By working together, Lahey and Frisbie Memorial can now bring even more comprehensive cancer and urologic care to patients in Rochester and surrounding communities."
The urologic and oncologic clinical affiliations demonstrate Frisbie Memorial's commitment to providing comprehensive and expert medical care to patients in its community. Both Lahey Institute of Urology and The Center for Cancer Care at Frisbie Memorial are comprised of a multidisciplinary team of specialists working together to provide innovative care to patients. Now, urologists and oncologists have access to Lahey Clinic's advanced clinical training, and the opportunity to participate on Lahey Clinic's Tumor Boards, which will afford direct access to specialists during patient case reviews. With the recommendation of the urologists and oncologists, patients will also have access to Lahey's clinical trials, which evaluate new and innovative cancer treatments.
James Betti, MD, of the Lahey Institute of Urology at Frisbie Memorial, spoke to the benefits of having a clinical affiliation with Lahey Clinic, "Our two Lahey-trained urologists, Egbert Baumgart and Chad Wotkowicz, are performing innovative surgeries to treat kidney cancers and female pelvic prolapse and incontinence, which were previously unavailable in the greater Rochester area. Patients now have access to urologic expertise right here at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. In those limited cases where patients require additional medical care, they now have the added benefit of a seamless referral to Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.