University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced that Hematology-Oncology Associates of the Quad Cities will join Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center on Feb. 24. The two-oncologist practice includes Shobha Chitneni, MD, and Mario Sy, MD.
UI Health Care has a strong history of collaborating with providers in communities across Iowa to enhance access to convenient care close to home. All those involved are committed to making the transition as seamless as possible for patients and community health care professionals. The practice will see patients as usual on Monday, Feb. 27.
“We are very enthusiastic to bring treatments from UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center to the people of the Quad Cities,” says Chitneni.
This relationship will allow patients in the Quad Cities to have greater access to clinical trials and advanced treatments such as molecular oncology and immunotherapy.
“We are excited to be able to more directly serve the people of the Quad Cities and bring a higher level of convenience and access to high-quality cancer care for patients,” says George Weiner, MD, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI. “Our goal is to provide patients the best possible care close to home”.
“It is a privilege that the UI considers us as an extension of their cancer program,” says Sy. “We can continue to provide quality care that our patients have come to expect while bringing more innovative treatments to patients closer to home.”
The practice will continue to see patients at their current location and will continue to offer infusion treatments.
The physicians will maintain their hospital privileges at both Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Health – Quad Cities.
Why did UI Health Care acquire the Quad Cities practice?
For UI Health Care, this was a unique opportunity in the Quad Cities community—one that is part of our commitment to a statewide system of cancer care for patients and families. For Hematology-Oncology Associates, it was an opportunity to join the world-class faculty of UI Health Care while maintaining their commitment to serve Quad Cities families.
Why did Hematology Oncology Associates of the Quad Cities want to partner with UI Health Care?
The only cancer center in Iowa designated as comprehensive by the National Cancer Institute is the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI. Because of the new connection to Holden, the Quad Cities physicians will be able to offer patients access to specialized cancer expertise and clinical trials without having to travel to Iowa City.
Will the oncologists in the Quad Cities participate in research and teaching?
The Quad Cities oncologists will continue to focus on clinical care, and they already offer clinical trials for their patients. In the future, they may expand their offerings of clinical trials. We also may be able to offer our medical students and residents the opportunity to learn and train in this Quad Cities practice setting.
Will they admit patients to Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Quad Cities?
The Quad Cities oncologists will maintain their privileges at Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Quad Cities. They will also continue their outpatient infusion service for patients who need outpatient chemotherapy. As always, our physicians will admit patients to the most appropriate venue for care based on the needs of the patient.
How does this acquisition affect the physicians and staff?
The oncologists will become UI faculty members and members of UI Physicians, and they will be part of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation. The staff will become UI Health Care employees.
How will Quad Cities-area patients be affected?
Most patients will not be affected by this change in terms of scheduling an appointment and clinic location. Construction will begin on the existing facility to enhance its chemotherapy capabilities. In terms of care, this new affiliation with Holden means that patients will have access to specialized cancer expertise and clinical trials without having to travel to Iowa City.
Will the clinic continue to accept the same insurance?
As the state’s only academic medical center UI Health Care is covered by most plans. Patients should contact their insurance provider to make sure that UI Health Care is in their network.
Will patients need to go to Iowa City for care?
Most patients will still receive care in the Quad Cities. There may be specialized treatments that need to be delivered at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Who can patients call if they have other questions?
Patients may contact the clinic at 563-355-7733.