Genesis Cancer Center Expands Cancer Care Services & Opens in Benton, Arkansas

Hot Springs, Ark., Mar. 1, 2021 Genesis Cancer Center (GCC) is pleased to announce the opening of their new cancer center location in Benton, Ark., at 3 Medical Park Drive, Suite 202. For 30 years, GCC has provided the highest quality care to thousands of patients throughout southern Arkansas, with the mission of “making cancer a memory.”

The physicians at Genesis Cancer Center place a strong emphasis on offering the latest treatment options, clinical trials, and patient education. As with GCC’s other eight locations, the Benton clinic will provide cancer patients in Benton and surrounding areas with affordable care conveniently located close to where they live. GCC has additional expanded services in the main Hot Springs location, offering patients access to diagnostic PET/CT imaging and onsite review. GCC’s fully integrated patient treatment plan, including pathology, labs and radiology, make it easier to accelerate treatment.

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“We are proud of the comforting atmosphere we have created for our patients and will continue to bring the latest treatment options and clinical trials conveniently located so our patients can stay as close to home as possible,” said Genesis Cancer Center Medical Oncologist Dr. Robert Muldoon.

In 2018, GCC joined the American Oncology Network, a multi-state alliance of physicians and veteran healthcare leaders supporting the long-term viability of community oncology. The GCC and AON partnership helps provide the best cancer care with additional services including efficient home delivery of oral cancer medications, care management to include behavior health and a certified dietitian, access to clinical trials, as well as a financial assistance program to help navigate insurance coverage.

“Our mission is to bring the highest quality care that is affordable in the communities where patients live,” said AON CEO, Brad Prechtl, MBA.

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About Genesis Cancer Center: (GenesisCancerCenter.com)
Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and hematology, Genesis Cancer Center is recognized for providing expert cancer care in Arkansas. The highly trained physicians, clinician and staff are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for their patients. The medical oncology/hematology physicians at Genesis Cancer Center include Dr. Stephen “Fred” Divers, Dr. R. Tim Webb, Dr. Robert Muldoon, Dr. A. Lynn Cleveland and Dr. Lingyi Chen.

About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 92 physicians and 62 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 16 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of  Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

Greater Washington Oncology Associates Joins
the American Oncology Network, LCC

Fort Myers, Fla., Mar. 1, 2021 – American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), a high-growth national network of independent community oncologists, is pleased to announce that Greater Washington Oncology Associates in Silver Spring, Md. joined AON effective March 1, 2021. This community-based practice is now the fourth practice in the greater Washington D.C. metro area to partner with AON.

Greater Washington Oncology Associates (GWOA) has four medical oncologists/hematologists and one nurse practitioner who deliver a comprehensive range of treatments for patients diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. Making care easily accessible with four locations in the greater Washington D.C. metro area and suburban Maryland. The main location is in Silver Spring with satellite offices in Rockville, Washington D.C., and Germantown.

“The physicians and staff at GWOA are known for providing the highest level of cancer care in a caring and compassionate environment for patients and their loved ones,” said AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA. “We welcome Drs. Trehan, Sharma, Cross and Kelly and their entire team to our growing network of community oncology practices.”

GWOA PR Headshots

GWOA Medical Oncologist Ram S. Trehan, MD said, “Our affiliation with AON will help us deliver even better care to our patients with added services such as a centralized clinical laboratory and pathology and an oral oncolytic pharmacy with home delivery.”

AON President & COO Todd Schonherz said, “This new addition to our AON network team will offer patients easy access to the newest and most advanced treatments close to where patients live.”

AON was founded by well-respected leaders in community oncology with decades of experience helping oncology practices to thrive by providing proven solutions and ensuring that everyone has access to exceptional cancer care.

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 92 physicians and 62 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 16 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About Greater Washington Oncology Associates: (GWOA.com)
Greater Washington Oncology Associates (GWOA) has been providing the highest level of cancer care in the greater Washington D.C. metro area and suburban Maryland since 1990. The main location is in Silver Spring, Md. with satellite offices in Rockville, Washington D.C., and Germantown. GWOA is committed to providing patients with the latest in cancer detection and treatment options. Specializing in cancer and blood disorders, GWOA’s highly skilled team works together at every stage of the diagnosis offering personalized cancer treatment to help make the best decisions in the fight against cancer.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of  Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

Cancer & Blood Specialists of Arizona to Open in Phoenix
and Join the American Oncology Network, LLC

Fort Myers, Fla., Feb. 18, 2021 – American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is pleased to announce the opening of Cancer & Blood Specialists of Arizona in March 2021. The physicians, serving the Greater Phoenix Area for 40-years collectively, joined AON effective Feb. 15, 2021. AON is an alliance of physicians and veteran healthcare leaders uniting to ensure the long-term success of community oncology.

Cancer & Blood Specialists of Arizona (CBSA) will be providing care at its three locations at 2925 W. Rose Garden Ln., Suite 110 and 11209 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite B200 in Phoenix, and at 1501 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 200 in Gilbert.

The CBSA team includes Medical Oncologists Tania Cortas, MD, CPE and Mazen Khattab, MD, CPE, and Gynecologic Oncologists Snehal Bhoola, MD and Shana N. Wingo, MD. The team provides a comprehensive range of treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. Through its partnership with AON, the CBSA physician-led teams will enhance the services offered to patients, with advanced diagnostic technologies, an expanded oral oncolytic outpatient pharmacy providing home delivery of medications, pathology and central laboratory services, and care management support.

CBSA Presser Headshots

AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA stated, “Cancer & Blood Specialists of Arizona is a highly respected practice recognized for delivering exemplary, patient-centric care in the community. With a strong emphasis on treating every patient individually, the CBSA physicians and staff support their patients throughout their cancer journey. We are delighted to welcome the entire CBSA family to AON.”

AON President & COO Todd Schonherz added, “The CBSA physicians are dedicated to providing the residents of Greater Phoenix with convenient access to innovative cancer care. Their approach to care is to provide compassionate care while incorporating the most effective treatments for their patients.”

“Working with AON, we look forward to continuing to build upon our 40-year collective history of providing the highest quality cancer care that is based on research and delivered with compassion and kindness in consideration of each patient as a unique individual,” said CBSA Gynecologic Oncologist Shana N. Wingo, MD.

CBSA Medical Oncologist & Hematologist Mazen Khattab, MD, CPE said, “This partnership enables us to gain access to vital support for activities that are critical to delivering true value-based care. In turn, my colleagues and I can continue to make the best decisions for our patients and staff.”

With a mission to ensure that everyone has access to exceptional cancer care, AON was founded by well-respected leaders in the oncology community with decades of experience helping oncology practices to thrive by providing proven solutions.

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 90 physicians and 61 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 16 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About Cancer & Blood Specialists of Arizona: (CancerBloodSpecialistsAZ.com)
Cancer & Blood Specialists of Arizona is a community-based Medical Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology and Hematology practice providing treatment for patients diagnosed with all types of cancer and blood disorders. We are experienced physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and clinical support staff providing compassionate, patient-centered care in Phoenix, Arizona, and surrounding areas. Our physicians have deep roots in the Greater Phoenix Area and are proud of our 40-year collective history of delivering the highest quality cancer treatment that is based on cutting-edge research.

Proudly serving patients at:
2925 W. Rose Garden Ln., Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 265-7215
11209 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite B200, Phoenix, AZ 85028 (480) 530-4200
1501 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 200, Gilbert, AZ 85234 (480) 530-4220

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of  Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

American Oncology Network Appoints New Executive Board Member

Fort Myers, Fla., Feb. 8, 2021 – The American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), whose mission is to support the long-term viability of community oncology, is pleased to announce that Medical Oncologist Douglas Heldreth, MD has been named to its Executive Board, providing strategic guidance to its growing network of physicians and physician practices, currently in 15 states. He joins current Executive Board members: Stephen Orman, MD, Vipul Patel, MD, Craig Reynolds, MD and Daniel Spitz, MD. Dr. Roy Ambinder who joined the Board in August 2019, has stepped down from the position.

After graduating from West Virginia University School of Medicine, Dr. Douglas Heldreth completed his internship at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, W. Va. and his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center/University of Florida in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Heldreth practiced internal medicine for over six years and, from 1992 to 1994, he also served as Medical Director of Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. His experience with hospice patients strengthened his interest in oncology and inspired him to return to the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Fla. to pursue further training in hematology/medical oncology. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Heldreth joined Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute in 1996. He practices in Naples, Fla.

Heldreth Headshots

AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA said “With more than three decades of expertise in all areas of oncology practice management, AON enables physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.  The addition of Dr. Heldreth to our Board strengthens our ability to ensure the long-term success of community oncology.”

AON Board Member & Chairman Dr. Stephen Orman added “We’re grateful for Dr. Ambinder’s hard work and dedication and so pleased to have such an experienced and highly respected physician as an addition to the Board. Our Board members do an excellent job helping our partners successfully navigate today’s rapidly evolving healthcare landscape while serving the needs of their patients.”

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: www.AONcology.com

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 88 physicians and 61 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 15 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC

Caroline Hewitt
Director of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

American Oncology Network Partners with National Patient Advocacy Organization Fighting for Patient Rights

Fort Myers, Fla., Jan. 14, 2021 – American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), a high-growth oncology provider partners with the Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) helping fight for patients healthcare rights by deploying advocates not just locally but taking the issues directly to Capitol Hill.

CPAN is a national advocacy organization committed to raising awareness of independent, community cancer care and the issues that affect it. CPAN plays a vital role in advocating for patients making sure cancer care is affordable and accessible in the communities where they live.

Genesis Cancer Center in Hot Springs, Ark. and Vista Oncology in Olympia, Wash. are AON practices with local chapters raising awareness about patient rights to advanced treatments, clinical trials and affordable high-quality care without having to travel long distances.

CPAN Team

“I am happy and honored to be a part of our newly created local chapter to help fight for patients and their healthcare rights and to make sure their voices are heard,” said Genesis Cancer Center Medical Oncologist Dr. Stephen “Fred” Divers. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) dedicated to advocating for community oncology practices and the patients they serve and is Chairman of the AON Advisory Board.

“AON’s visionary drivers are founded on helping community oncology practices thrive ensuring patients have access to exceptional cancer care close to home,” said AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA. “With two AON practices actively working with CPAN, we are ensuring legislative policies affecting cancer patients like less personalized medicine, increased cancer care costs and rising medication prices are being pushed to the forefront—making their voices heard.”

From an operations standpoint, community oncology practices face many challenges including economic and administrative burdens, payer complexities and high procurement costs. In fact, data from the 2020 Community Oncology Alliance Practice Impact Report shows that since 2008, 1,748 community oncology clinics/practices have closed, merged or been acquired by a hospital, or are struggling financially.

There are currently 27 active CPAN chapters across the U.S. advocating in Washington, D.C. influencing policy and expressing the importance of community oncology. CPAN advocates at local chapters include patients, survivors, caregivers, family members, physicians, staff and community members.

Rose Gerber, Director of Patient Advocacy and Education for CPAN said, “We support the cure but we advocate for the care.” Gerber continued, “Local chapters are important to our cause of educating, engaging and activating cancer care advocates across the nation, helping to ensure patients benefit from quality, affordable and accessible cancer care.”

AON practices, Genesis Cancer Center and Vista Oncology, are working together with CPAN to mobilize community oncology advocates to become politically active and raise awareness of the healthcare issues affecting cancer patients.

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About Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN): (COAadvocacy.org)
CPAN is a national advocacy organization committed to raising awareness of independent, community cancer care and the issues that affect it. CPAN advocates include patients, survivors, caregivers, nurses, pharmacists, oncologists and more. CPAN chapters are based within local cancer centers where they educate, engage and activate advocates around key national cancer care issues.

About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 88 physicians and 61 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 15 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of  Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

American Oncology Network & Partner Oncology Welcome Xinda David Wang, MD, PhD

Fort Myers, Fla., Jan. 11, 2021 – Drs. Joseph Ye and Dong Xiang of Partner Oncology are pleased to announce that Medical Oncologist Xinda David Wang, MD, PhD has joined the community oncology practice in Puyallup, Washington. An American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) practice, Partner Oncology provides comprehensive treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders at its clinic in Pierce county.

Dr. Wang earned his medical degree from Shanghai Medical University, School of Medicine in Shanghai, China. He completed his internal medicine residency at University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, Florida followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology at University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wang also holds a Master of Science and PhD in biochemistry from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York. He is Board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine.

Partner Oncology Physician Dr. Joseph Ye said, “Dr. Wang is highly skilled with an excellent patient satisfaction record and will be an asset to our practice and patients.”

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wang to Partner Oncology and the American Oncology Network,” said AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA. “His 10 years of scientific research will help advance cancer treatments for our patients in the Washington area.”

“Adding Dr. Wang to the existing expert staff at Partner Oncology will only help elevate the level of care within the Puyallup community,” said AON President & COO Todd Schonherz. “We welcome Dr. Wang to our AON team, helping us deliver the highest quality cancer care close to home.”

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 88 physicians and 61 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 15 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About Partner Oncology: (PartnerOncology.com)
Partner Oncology (PO) offers convenient access to quality cancer and hematology care for patients in Puyallup, Washington. A community-based practice, PO provides medical oncology/hematology services and infusion therapy including immunotherapy for treating cancer and other diseases.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of  Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(239) 789.2341

Messino Cancer Centers Oncologists Recognized for Giving Back to Their Community

This time of year is a time of thanks and gratitude, at Messino Cancer Centers the focus is on supporting their patients and community

Asheville, N.C., Dec. 16, 2020, Messino Cancer Centers (MCC), an American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) partner, is pleased to announce that Medical Oncologist Christopher Chay, MD is a recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Medicine Pride in the Profession Award. This award is one of the highest honors given by the American Medical Association (AMA) and recognizes physicians who aid underserved populations in the U.S.  Dr. Chay has been honored for his efforts in championing an Oncology Medical Home model of delivering quality and value in cancer care to rural areas.  The national award ceremony will be in 2021 but it is unclear at this point if it will be in person or virtual due to COVID-19.

Through his initiatives, Dr. Chay recruited leading medical oncology experts, developed a clinical trials program and successfully launched a triage/urgent care for cancer patients in the most rural parts of Western North Carolina. His actions resulted in some of the lowest rates of emergency room visits and hospitalizations for this areas oncology patients. 

“I am so honored yet humbled to receive this award by the American Medical Association,” said Dr. Chay. “I am passionate about helping my patients during their cancer journey, but I also care deeply about giving back to the community where my patients live, making sure they have access to quality care and positive outcomes.”

With this award, Dr. Chay receives a $2,500 grant which he is donating to LoveLights.  This charitable foundation serves patients who have a cancer diagnosis and need assistance during treatment.  The charity provides support for food, utilities and transportation for those in need.

Founder of Messino Cancer Centers Medical Oncologist Michael Messino, MD was also awarded earlier this year for his service to the community.  Dr. Messino was the recipient of North Carolina’s highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor.

“From the start our philosophy has been to provide cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine with personalized care without worrying about the patients’ socioeconomic background or location,” said Dr. Messino.

This recognition for Dr. Chay is a great acknowledgement for him and the MCC team.  Messino Cancer Centers was built on over 30 years of family caring for family by providing genuine kindness and compassion for their patients and their community.  The team of 14 medical oncologists and 18 physician assistants and nurse practitioners and 120 staff members demonstrate their commitment to their community holding fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for various charitable organizations including LoveLights and Toys for Tots.  Staff wishing to participate donate $5 to “dress down” on Fridays.  Additionally, every month members of the MCC team cook and serve meals to the residents at Steadfast House. 

“We admire the Messino physicians for their merited awards for giving back to their communities,” said AON CEO, Brad Prechtl, MBA.  “As an AON partner practice, Messino Cancer Centers embodies AON’s mission of providing the highest quality, cost effective—yet compassionate cancer care close to where patients live.”

About Messino Cancer Centers: (MessinoCancerCenters.com)

Messino Cancer Centers (MCC) provides treatment for adult patients diagnosed with all types of cancer and blood disorders.  We are experienced physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and clinical support staff dedicated to providing the most advanced and innovative treatments of the highest quality. We work together as a team and recognize that each patient is not just a person with cancer, but a unique individual. Care is provided with the utmost concern and consideration of what is best for the whole person throughout their cancer journey.

MCC physicians provide state-of-the-art evidence-based medicine for patients, incorporating personalized medicine, standard and nationally accepted guidelines, and clinical trials. Through care management and dedicated oncology certified staff, we provide support for patients through all phases of their diagnosis and treatment. The physicians of MCC are grounded in the region of Western North Carolina and devoted to providing care to patients in their communities.

About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 88 physicians and 57 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 15 states. The executive management team of AON brings more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

LoveLights:

LoveLights was established in 1998 to assist patients receiving cancer treatment.  The LoveLights program provides aid by paying electric bills, buying heating oil, providing local transportation to appointments for cancer care, and supplying gift cards for groceries and incidentals. 

Steadfast House:

Monthly members of the Messino Cancer Centers team cook and serve a meal to the residents at Steadfast House.  Steadfast House is transitional housing that gives hope, healing, health, and home to single women, mothers with children, and female veterans in need. 

Toys for Tots:

Western North Carolina Toys for Tots is a locally operated campaign of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. Messino Cancer Centers supports Toys for Tots during the iHeart Radio Toy Campaign in November and Jackson County Toy Run in collaboration with a local motorcycle club, Hell on Wheels.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
239.789.2341

Low Country Cancer Care Expands Oncology Services to Better Serve the Community

New cancer center will offer advanced, comprehensive care providing unsurpassed convenience for patients in Savannah

Savannah, Ga., November 23, 2020 – Low Country Cancer Care (LCCC), a leading community oncology and hematology practice, is opening a new comprehensive cancer care facility on Memorial Health’s campus to enhance services and provide improved conveniences for patients in Savannah and surrounding communities.

LCCC is a partner practice within the American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), a high-growth medical oncology provider with a focus on supporting the long-term viability of cancer treatment in community-based settings. With AON integration support and centralized ancillary services, LCCC will provide expanded access to advanced oncology care in Savannah, Ga.

AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA stated, “A key differentiator of AON is flexibility for partner practices. Low Country Cancer Care are able to leverage AON support for pharmaceutical purchasing strategies, revenue cycle, payer negotiations, human resources and technology to form a strong hospital partnership that will enable practice growth while bringing comprehensive cancer care services to Savannah residents.”

The newly constructed 9,382 square-foot cancer center will be located on the second floor of the Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute and is expected to open early December of this year. The new state-of-the-art facility will include 10 exam rooms and 26 chemotherapy chairs, and will offer infusion therapy, including chemotherapy and immunotherapy, in-house laboratory performing all routine blood work on-site, in-house specialty pharmacy delivering oral cancer drugs direct to patient homes, 24/7 care management support, and financial counseling.

“The Memorial Health Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute welcomes the physicians and staff of Low Country Cancer Care to our campus,” states Shayne George, CEO of Memorial Health. “This move will give cancer patients convenient access to safe, high-quality medical oncology care.”

“Dr. Yannucci and I and the entire Low Country Cancer Care team are committed to enhancing the patient experience in order to have a greater impact on those who need care,” said Medical Oncologist Dr. George Negrea of Low Country Cancer Care. “We hope to create the type of experience that patients expect and deserve placing them at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.”

LCCC is committed to providing the community with the highest quality care that is based on research, evidence-based medicine and focused on the whole person. Cancer patients will now have access to a diverse range of services for diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, survivorship, patient support and amenities under one roof, giving them unparalleled access to comprehensive, integrated cancer care, close to home.

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About Low Country Cancer Care: (LCCCSav.com)
Low Country Cancer Care has four locations, including one office in Savannah and three satellite offices in Hinesville and Pooler, Georgia and Bluffton, South Carolina. The team includes two medical oncologists, two physician assistants and two nurse practitioners who provide a comprehensive range of treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.

About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 88 physicians and 57 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 15 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of  Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(239) 789.2341

American Oncology Network & Sarah Cannon Research Institute Expand Cancer Research Collaboration with Addition of Messino Cancer Centers

Fort Myers, Fla. & Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 9, 2020 – American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) and Sarah Cannon Research Institute announced today the addition of AON partner practice Messino Cancer Centers (MCC), as a second strategic research site. Hematology/Oncology Clinic (HOC) in Baton Rouge, La., also a partner practice of AON, was the first strategic research site under this partnership.

Clinical trials will now be offered as a part of MCC’s oncology services at its Asheville, N.C. location. For over 30 years, the MCC physicians have been providing a full range of exceptional cancer care in the Western North Carolina region. MCC medical oncologists serving patients in Asheville are Dr. Michael Messino, Dr. Charles Bryan, Dr. Shantae Lucas, Dr. Christopher Chay, Dr. Wieslawa Pekal, Dr. Mridu Chand, Dr. Mohan Thakuri, Dr. Martin Palmeri, Dr. Trevor Austin, Dr. Rachel Raab, Dr. Sean Warsch, Dr. Hiromi Terawaki, Dr. Andrew Beardsley and Dr. Brent Skiver.

“Messino Cancer Centers partnership with Sarah Cannon Research Institute is truly a value add for cancer patients in Asheville and the surrounding communities, most of whom live in rural areas,” said AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA. “Having access to community-based clinical trials enables patients to be matched with potentially life-saving research, while staying within the comfort and familiarity of their local oncologist’s office.”

AON is currently comprised of an expanding network of partner practices across 15 states. AON practices offer in-house laboratory, pathology and oral pharmacy services all under one roof so that patients can receive the care they need in one location. Research has shown that having easy and convenient access to expert physician care and a comprehensive range of treatments and support services close to home is vital to a patient’s well-being. By collaborating with Sarah Cannon Research Institute, which is a global leader in offering community-based clinical trials, AON is expanding opportunities for patients to participate in cutting-edge cancer research, while reducing the need to drive long distances or travel out of state for care.

Sarah Cannon Research Institute pioneered the first community-based oncology drug development program in the United States and has grown to become a global leader in early phase research, conducting more than 450 first-in-human studies to date.  Through its efforts to advance therapies for patients, Sarah Cannon Research Institute has been a clinical trial leader in the majority of approved cancer therapies over the last decade and enrolls thousands of patients on clinical trials annually throughout its network of strategic research sites.  

“By expanding our collaboration with AON, we will further advance our mission to bring the latest therapies through clinical trials into the western North Carolina community,” said Howard A. “Skip” Burris, III, MD, President of Clinical Operations and Chief Medical Officer at Sarah Cannon. “We look forward to working together with the experts at Messino Cancer Centers to provide even greater access to cutting-edge therapies that patients vitally need, close to home.”

About American Oncology Network, LLC: 
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network currently represents 88 physicians and 57 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 15 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Sarah Cannon Research Institute is the research arm of HCA Healthcare’s global cancer institute, Sarah Cannon. Focused on advancing therapies for patients, it is one of the world’s leading clinical research organizations conducting community-based clinical trials throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Sarah Cannon’s network of strategic sites includes hundreds of physicians who engage in research. The organization has led more than 450 first-in-man clinical trials since its inception in 1993, and has been a clinical trial leader in the majority of approved cancer therapies over the last 10 years. Additionally, Sarah Cannon offers management, regulatory, and other research support services for drug development and industry sponsors as well as strategic investigator sites through its contract research organization (CRO), Sarah Cannon Development Innovations. For more information about Sarah Cannon and the latest news from across the network, visit https://sarahcannon.com/about/newsroom/.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt
Director of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
239.789.2341

Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Samantha Maxwell
Samantha.maxwell@sarahcannon.com

Messino Cancer Centers Announces Partnership with Sarah Cannon Research Institute to Expand Patient Access to Community-Based Clinical Research

Messino Cancer Centers to offer cutting-edge research to patients throughout Western North Carolina through new partnership

Asheville, N.C., Nov. 9, 2020, Messino Cancer Centers (MCC), a partner practice of American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), recently aligned with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, a global leader in offering community-based clinical trials.

MCC has partnered with Sarah Cannon Research Institute to expand access to cutting-edge cancer research through clinical trials for patients in the community.  For over 30 years, the MCC physicians have been providing a full range of exceptional cancer care in the Western North Carolina region.  MCC offers convenient access to comprehensive treatments and support services close to where the patient lives.  Having in-house laboratory, pathology and oral pharmacy services all under one roof makes it easier for patients to receive the care they need in one location. Through the partnership with Sarah Cannon Research Institute, clinical trials will now be offered as part of MCC’s oncology services at its Asheville, N.C. location.  

MCC Medical Oncologist Dr. Christopher Chay said, “This collaboration with Sarah Cannon Research Institute will enhance medical oncology services for patients in Western North Carolina, serving many that live in rural areas. The partnership provides access to pioneering research close to the patient’s home where, in many circumstances, would not otherwise be available. This really helps open up many different clinical trial opportunities right here in our practice where the patients are already receiving cancer care and treatment.”

MCC medical oncologists serving patients in Asheville are Dr. Michael Messino, Dr. Charles Bryan, Dr. Shantae Lucas, Dr. Christopher Chay, Dr. Wieslawa Pekal, Dr. Mridu Chand, Dr. Mohan Thakuri, Dr. Martin Palmeri, Dr. Trevor Austin, Dr. Rachel Raab, Dr. Sean Warsch, Dr. Hiromi Terawaki, Dr. Andrew Beardsley and Dr. Brent Skiver.  Providing personalized care in six convenient community locations, MCC also offers patients 24/7 care management services through their affiliation with AON. 

AON is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders that provides a unique array of enhanced services to its affiliated community-based oncology practices. It consistently strives to find innovative ways to connect with patients. AON’s community oncology model allows physicians to focus on what matters most — their patients. 

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About Messino Cancer Centers: (MessinoCancerCenters.com)

Messino Cancer Centers (MCC) provides treatment for adult patients diagnosed with all types of cancer and blood disorders.  We are experienced physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and clinical support staff dedicated to providing the most advanced and innovative treatments of the highest quality. We work together as a team and recognize that each patient is not just a person with cancer, but a unique individual. Care is provided with the utmost concern and consideration of what is best for the whole person throughout their cancer journey.

MCC physicians provide state-of-the-art evidence-based medicine for patients, incorporating personalized medicine, standard and nationally accepted guidelines, and clinical trials. Through care management and dedicated oncology certified staff, we provide support for patients through all phases of their diagnosis and treatment. The physicians of MCC are grounded in the region of Western North Carolina and devoted to providing care to patients in their communities.

About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 88 physicians and 57 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 15 states. The executive management team of AON brings more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Sarah Cannon Research Institute is the research arm of HCA Healthcare’s global cancer institute, Sarah Cannon. Focused on advancing therapies for patients, it is one of the world’s leading clinical research organizations conducting community-based clinical trials throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Sarah Cannon’s network of strategic sites includes hundreds of physicians who engage in research. The organization has led more than 450 first-in-man clinical trials since its inception in 1993, and has been a clinical trial leader in the majority of approved cancer therapies over the last 10 years. Additionally, Sarah Cannon offers management, regulatory, and other research support services for drug development and industry sponsors as well as strategic investigator sites through its contract research organization (CRO), Sarah Cannon Development Innovations. For more information about Sarah Cannon and the latest news from across the network, visit https://sarahcannon.com/about/newsroom/.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt
Director of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
239.789.2341