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Adventist Health and UC Davis Health Launch New Cancer Care Center in Chico

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Adventist Health and UC Davis Health celebrate the completion of the new Adventist Health Cancer Care Center in affiliation with the UC Davis Cancer Care Network.

Establishment of the new center means that patients who had been seen at the Adventist Health Feather River Cancer Center in nearby Paradise and have had to travel up to 47 miles each way for care since the devastating fires will now be seen much closer to home.

Adventist Health physicians who practiced in Paradise anchor the new Cancer Care Center team. Led by medical oncologist and hematologist Dr. Sam Mazj, the team now welcomes patients for office visits. Full chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy infusion services will be phased in over the next few months.

“As cancer care physicians, we know all about resilience, and we are excited to continue partnering with our patients on their cancer journey,” says Mazj. “We also look forward to sharing the benefits of this affiliation with UC Davis Health. Patients can expect personalized care and multi-disciplinary treatment planning from their first diagnostic appointment through survivor milestones.”

Through the partnership, Adventist Health providers and patients will have access to UC Davis’ clinical trials and their cases will be discussed during virtual tumor board meetings with oncologists, pathologists, surgeons and other cancer experts, thus allowing patients to receive the benefits of both teams working together.

The Adventist Health Feather River Cancer Center in Paradise ceased operations following the Camp Fire. Oncologists have been seeing patients at a multi-service clinic in Chico and coordinating treatment at the Adventist Health and Rideout Cancer Center. With the new, dedicated cancer care center in Chico, patients will have access to the providers they know and trust locally, and benefit from state-of-the-art research and other resources of the UC Davis Cancer Care Network.

Through the partnership, Adventist Health providers and patients will have access to UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s clinical trials and their cases will be discussed during virtual tumor board meetings with oncologists, pathologists, surgeons and other cancer experts, thus allowing patients to receive the benefits of both teams working together. The Adventist Health Cancer Care Center in Chico will work with UC Davis and Adventist Health Rideout and Cancer Center to ensure access to quality cancer care.

“The UC Davis Cancer Care Network was created to provide access to clinical trials and treatment expertise to communities throughout inland Northern California,” says Primo Lara, Jr., MD, director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Adventist Health to keep world-class cancer care close to home for the Butte County community.”

Adventist Health is dedicated to its mission in Butte County and worked quickly to restore needed services and care for its associates in the wake of the Camp Fire tragedy. “Adventist Health is committed to Butte County for the long term and opening this cancer center is an important step as we expand services,” says Rick Rawson, president of Adventist Health and Rideout. “With the support of one another and this exciting affiliation with UC Davis, we’re building a brighter, healthier future for the region.”

Dr. David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health, says UC Davis Health has a unique role to play – not competing, but completing the patient care services available across the 33 counties the health system serves.

“In addition to expanding cancer care services in Chico to fill a hole in care left by the Camp Fire aftermath, we are connecting our critical care providers and nation-leading specialists to Adventist Health hospitals across the region to bring a higher level of specialty care every day into these communities,” he says. “This is part of our mission to increase people’s access to care and expand pediatric care in rural communities across California – in the much same way we’ve been increasing patients’ access to primary and specialty care in Sacramento’s urban areas, working with the County of Sacramento.”

The Adventist Health Cancer Care Center in Chico is conveniently located in North Chico at 95 Declaration Drive, Suite 1, near to Highway 99. The center can be reached by calling (530) 332-1042.

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Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,900 includes more than 23,600 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,350 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 22 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Visit AdventistHealth.org for more information.

UC Davis Health is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country’s best medical schools, a 627-bed acute-care teaching hospital, a 1,000-member physician's practice group and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, an international neurodevelopmental institute, a stem cell institute and a comprehensive children’s hospital. Other nationally prominent centers focus on advancing telemedicine, improving vascular care, eliminating health disparities and translating research findings into new treatments for patients. Together, they make UC Davis a hub of innovation that is transforming health for all. For more information, visit health.ucdavis.edu.