(From left to right) Terill Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer at Regional Cancer Care Associates, Carl Henningston, MD, M.Phil, co-director Toms River Regional Cancer Center, Kenneth D. Nahum, DO, FACP co-director Toms River Regional Cancer Center, Kenneth Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP President Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Rosemarie (Ro) J. Sorce, Chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Corporation Board, Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., chairman and executive director of John Theurer Cancer Center, Timothy J. Hogan, FACHE, president of Care Transformation Service and Andy Curran, Vice President Care Transformation Services, Oncology at Hackensack Meridian Health.
A ribbon cutting ceremony, held on June 15, 2021 at the Toms Regional Cancer Center in Toms River, marked an affiliation with Hackensack Meridian’s John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. Through this affiliation with Regional Cancer Care Associates, patients in the Toms River area will now have access to the expertise, innovation and clinical trials associated with the John Theurer Cancer Center, recognized as the best cancer center in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report.
“One of the major goals of our network is to make sure that every New Jersey resident has access to high-quality compassionate care that’s accessible and convenient,’’ said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Through this affiliation, Regional Cancer Care Associates and John Theurer Cancer Center bring an exceptional lineup of oncologists, surgeons and other specialists offering groundbreaking treatment and access to hundreds of clinical trials.’’
Mr. Garrett was joined by Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., chairman and executive director of John Theurer Cancer Center and other lead RCCA physicians and executives for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new affiliation, located at the Toms River Regional Cancer Center at 40 Bey Lea Road, will also provide better access to Jersey Shore University Medical Center surgical services and Centers of Excellence in lung, esophageal and hepatobiliary and pancreatic (HPB) cancer, in addition to our other excellent surgical team in endocrine, breast, colorectal and gynecological oncology.
“We are living in a time where cancer care is getting more and more complex,’’ said Dr. Goy. “The affiliation with the John Theurer Cancer Center will give patients in the Toms River area access to subspecialized care and research. We will work together to provide more options including clinical trials when needed to patients in the Toms River Community.”
“There’s been a need in this area for high quality cancer care. By bringing well-trained, compassionate physicians to this area, along with the affiliation with John Theurer Cancer Center, we are bringing expertise of a large health system and giving people the same quality of care,” said Carl Henningson, M.D., co-director Toms River Regional Cancer Center.
“The affiliation with John Theurer Cancer Center will help provide world-class care to the local community while connecting patients to Centers of Excellence for multiple tumor types,” said Thomas L. Bauer II, M.D., chair of Surgery and chief of Thoracic Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “When patients need surgery, access to those Centers of Excellence will make them more likely to undergo minimally invasive procedures, get out of the hospital faster, experience less pain and fewer complications, and return to work sooner.”
“The last thing patients want to do is drive far to receive radiation or chemotherapy. Here they are treated by nurses that are second to none and staff that get to know them and their families on a personal level,” commented Kenneth D. Nahum, DO, FACP, co-director Toms River Regional Cancer Center.
John Theurer Cancer Center is part of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center.