Meeting the Needs for Better Quality Cancer Care

West cancer Center

Since hybrid academic-community cancer centers share common attributes but differ in structure, it’s important that leaders of these centers, as well as those aspiring to hybrid status, continue to meet and discuss the ever-evolving state of this new cancer center model.

A new cancer center model is helping meet the demand for better quality cancer care in community settings.

An original paper in ADC Review | Journal of Antibody-drug Conjugates, a peer-reviewed journal published by InPress Media Group, LLC, describes the concept.

Hybrid academic-community cancer centers began emerging and evolving at several sites in some southern and mid-Atlantic states during the last several years. In February 2017 a number of their directors, and other key members of their respective institutions, gathered for a CME-sponsored full-day workshop in Miami, Fla., to share experiences and best practices to advance the model.

Cancer centers qualified to be classified as hybrid academic-community cancer centers shared the following attributes:


  • Most recruited respected academic-clinician leaders from NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers;
  • They were established at large, well-respected, financially secure not-for-profit regional community hospital systems interested in increasing quality of care and standards of practice;
  • They sought to infuse greater academic rigor into their programs, develop translational research programs, enroll more patients from their respective communities into clinical trials, and provide the best cancer care to populations not served by traditional academic centers;
  • They often adapted existing resources through collaborative efforts rather than reinventing the wheel.

According to Erich Mounce, Chief Executive Officer of West Cancer Center, “The development of the hybrid cancer center is an important evolution for cancer care. Combining the best practices and services from each model (community and academic) allows the patients to experience the intimacy and connections that so dominate community practice and the scientific specialization, innovative therapies and procedures developed and utilized in so many academic cancer centers. At West Cancer Center, like other…

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