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FRHS Cancer Program Becomes a Certified Member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®


Frederick Regional Health System announced today that it is the first and only hospital system in Maryland to become a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. FRHS is the 14th system in the U.S. to become a certified member.

The affiliation allows the FRHS Cancer Program to use treatment guidelines and best practices developed by MD Anderson – the global leader in cancer – to bring new hope to cancer patients—close to home.

“Being certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network means that our cancer program has met clinical and programmatic qualification thresholds, and both hospital and physicians have undergone rigorous due diligence,” explained Tom Kleinhanzl, president and CEO, Frederick Regional Health System. “Through this affiliation, Frederick Regional Health System’s Cancer Program can combine the best of what we offer locally with the expertise of a national leader to provide an even higher level of cancer care to our community.”

As part of MD Anderson Cancer Network, certified physicians at Frederick Regional Health System, who must also meet rigorous standards, will have access to disease-specific, evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed by MD Anderson experts. They will also participate in routine peer-to-peer consultations with MD Anderson physicians to discuss cases.

“MD Anderson Cancer Network was created to advance our mission to eliminate cancer by sharing our knowledge and extending our multidisciplinary care,” said William Murphy, Jr., M.D., chair of the board, MD Anderson Physician’s Network. “FRHS has a long history of providing high quality, patient-centered cancer care. Our new affiliation builds on FRHS’s strengths by making MD Anderson’s specialized cancer expertise available to Frederick physicians, and we’re confident it will elevate the standard for cancer care throughout Maryland.”

“This is an exciting development for our program,” said Mark Soberman, MD, medical director of the Frederick Regional Health System Cancer Program. “Now patients throughout the area can obtain comprehensive care right here in Frederick, while also having access to MD Anderson’s cutting-edge advances and clinical expertise. Together, we can better ensure that our patients now benefit from two leading teams with a shared mission: to end cancer.”