Southeast Queens Receives Much-Needed Cancer Center

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Congressman Gregory Meeks, leadership from Memorial Sloan Kettering, Queens community board members, and leadership from Resorts World Casino New York joined the MediSys Health Network Cancer Center in cutting the ribbon to its new facility at Jamaica Hospital during National Cancer Control Month. (Photos courtesy of MediSys Health Network)

MediSys Health Network Officially Opens New Cancer Center In Queens

MediSys Health Network (comprised of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Flushing Hospital Medical Center) is pleased to announce the official opening of its new cancer center.

This exciting news comes approximately one year after the network first announced its unique relationship with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) to expand access to high-quality cancer care in Queens. The MediSys Health Network’s affiliation with MSK aligns the network’s deep community integration and experience in addressing healthcare disparities with the expertise in cancer science and care of Memorial Sloan Kettering.

(Photos courtesy of MediSys Health Network)

Together, the two leading healthcare organizations are developing an enhanced cancer center aimed at addressing growing cancer rates in at-risk populations by increasing access to high-quality, specialized oncology services. “Residents living in the communities our hospitals serve are at a greater risk of developing certain cancers. Unfortunately, these individuals also have the lowest rates of early diagnosis and the highest mortality rates due to socioeconomic factors and disparities in care,” explained MediSys Health Network’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sabiha Raoof. “Our center addresses the urgent need for cancer care in underserved communities. We are providing effective therapies and services close to home.”

Much-needed cancer care to the community will be provided by the MediSys Health Network in its new cancer center located on the Jamaica Hospital campus. The 7,000 sq ft facility consists of 24 private, multi-purpose rooms, each designed with the comfort of patients in mind. The layout emphasizes optimal patient and provider interaction. A wide variety of treatments and therapies are offered at the center. While receiving care, patients will also have access to support services including on-site mental health support, genetic counseling, clinical trial enrollment, nutrition counseling, acupuncture, and other integrative health services. Additionally, patient navigators who speak various languages and reflect the diversity of the community are available to help guide patients through every step of their journey.

The opening of the MediSys Health Network Cancer Center is an important milestone for the Queens community. Providing high-quality and equitable healthcare will help reduce the burden of cancer in New York City and the borough. Over 40,000 of the City’s residents and approximately 11,000 Queens residents are diagnosed with the disease each year.

In evaluating the increasing cancer rates in our community and the lack of access to equitable care, the MediSys Health Network concluded that it needed to make a difference. “Our hospitals do a lot of things well and have earned many awards based on our high performance but the one area where we needed to enhance our expertise was in cancer care. MSK was the right organization for us to work with to achieve this goal. They are well renowned for their oncology expertise and most importantly, share our goal to expand cancer care in one of the most diverse counties in the world,” said MediSys President and CEO Bruce J. Flanz.



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