March 16, 2016

Summit Medical Group cancer center to be located in Florham Park

NJ Business Magazine

The cancer facility Summit Medical Group will open in partnership with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and will be located in Florham Park, CEO Jeffrey LeBenger told NJBIZ.

The 130,000-square-foot facility will be located at 150 Park Ave., next to the state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot Summit Medical Group facility, which opened last summer.

The cancer center is scheduled to open some time in 2017.

LeBenger told NJBIZ this week that the partnership with one of the top recognized cancer care organizations is going to be the hub of ambulatory care for the medical group.

The new medical center, to be developed by the Rockefeller Group, will include surgical, radiation and medical oncology, as well as imaging devices, a molecular lab and a pharmacy. The facility — located in the developer's master-planned development known as The Green at Florham Park — will provide for a combination of patient education, clinical research and clinical trials.

LeBenger said it will be just another way Summit Medical Group, the state’s largest multispecialty group, will impact health care in the state.

“It’s about the quality of care,” he said. “We always took care of our patients from birth to hospice care.”

The partnership was first announced in late 2014 and touted as the first time MD Anderson partnered with a physician-owned operation. This is the long-awaited announcement of its location.

The facility will be an extension of MD Anderson’s current partnership with the Cooper Health System, LeBenger said.

LeBenger said Summit Medical Group is adding cancer care as an additional way to care for its patient population. He said this is important since the current delivery of care includes a huge fragmentation in providers.

Between primary care, radiation, specialists and some patients going over the river to New York City for surgery, LeBenger said it is still hard for cancer patients to access a comprehensive care center in the Garden State.

LeBenger said Summit did its due diligence and looked at other similar renowned cancer centers when looking for a partner, but he felt MD Anderson’s inclusion and willingness to train all doctors in the group has been beneficial.

 
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