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WellSpan and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center announce new cancer research fund

Monday, September 17, 2018

Program is expected to provide $200,000 in cancer research awards annually

As part of their ongoing clinical collaboration, WellSpan Health and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center today announced the launch of a new cancer research grant program.

The WellSpan Health and Johns Hopkins Cancer Health Services Research Fund is aimed at supporting research that has the potential to deliver a sustainable product in the field of cancer-related health services research by leveraging the Epic electronic health record.

The application process officially opened today, Monday, Sept. 17, with applications due by Nov. 12.

WellSpan and Johns Hopkins officials said they anticipate that the WellSpan-Johns Hopkins Cancer Health Services Research Fund will fund two grants per year, for up to $100,000 in direct costs for each project in one year.

Award winners will be known as WellSpan Scholars and will be expected to further the field of health services research by asking questions relevant to cancer and those patients who are at risk for, who have, or who are survivors of the disease.

“This new cancer research fund is another example of the wonderfully collaborative oncology relationship between WellSpan and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center,” said Douglas Arbittier, M.D., vice president of oncology services, WellSpan Health. “Not only will this allow our WellSpan physicians to participate in research with a world-renowned academic institution, but the research will be used to enhance care for cancer patients in our communities.”

WellSpan Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center – one of the nation’s leaders in research and innovation – last year announced a clinical collaboration aimed at benefiting patients living with cancer in Adams, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

This collaboration provides expanded access for eligible WellSpan patients to clinical trials at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. WellSpan’s coordinated network of cancer centers include WellSpan Adams Cancer Center in Gettysburg, WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center in Lebanon, WellSpan York Cancer Center and Cherry Tree Cancer Center in Hanover. The collaboration also provides WellSpan cancer physicians with second opinion services from Johns Hopkins specialists who frequently treat the most complex cases.

WellSpan Cancer Centers provide comprehensive cancer services – including radiation, medical and surgical oncology, pain management, rehabilitation, infusion services, genetic counseling and nutrition services – that address patients’ physical, emotional, social and financial needs. Specialists across all four counties routinely collaborate in the treatment planning for patients, and nurse navigators guide patients through all aspects of care.

For more information, or to receive a referral to a WellSpan cancer specialist, individuals may visit WellSpan.org/Cancer.

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. Learn more at WellSpan.org.

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