Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center to Open at Catholic Medical Center

December 12, 2007

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center announced that it will move its medical oncology and infusion services in Manchester, currently located at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, to the new Notre Dame Pavilion at Catholic Medical Center (CMC). The demand for increased space for cancer services and the ability to integrate outpatient cancer care close to an inpatient setting in one location prompted the move. The announcement marks the fifth such agreement between Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Catholic Medical Center designed to improve services for patients in the Manchester area. The two organizations partner in providing 24-hour-a- day inpatient hospitalist care, nurse midwifery maternity care, and cardiology services, and jointly operate The Family Care Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Care.

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Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Catholic Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in February 2008, will increase access for cancer patients in southern New Hampshire to the research knowledge, physician specialists, and clinical trials of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the only cancer center in New Hampshire to hold this designation. A larger facility in the Notre Dame Pavilion and direct access to an acute care hospital at CMC will mean greater convenience for Manchester-area patients and will enhance the Center's ability to deliver evidence-based, interdisciplinary cancer care.

"Through this partnership with Catholic Medical Center, Norris Cotton Cancer Center strengthens its ability to bring the knowledge and expertise of an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center directly to people in Manchester," says Cancer Center Director, Mark Israel, MD. "We can help patients stay close to home in New Hampshire, even if they require specialized care or treatment on a clinical trial."

"Through our collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center, CMC continues to place patient-focused care as its number one priority," says Alyson Pitman Giles, CMC President and CEO. "Welcoming Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center to the CMC campus provides persons in the greater Manchester area access to world class cancer diagnosis and treatment options."

Of the thousands of cancer treatment programs across the country, the National Cancer Institute recognizes only 39 Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The federal government's principal agency for cancer research, training, public information, and programs, the NCI describes its designated Cancer Centers as "a major source of discovery of the nature of cancer and of the development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and therapy. They also deliver medical advances to patients and their families, educate health-care professionals and the public, and reach out to underserved populations." Established in 1972, Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines extensive cancer research at Dartmouth Medical School with advanced patient care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and through regional locations and partnerships with community hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.