Alton Memorial Hospital has joined the Siteman Cancer Network to improve the health of River Bend residents and neighboring communities through cancer research, treatment and prevention. Membership in the Siteman network strengthens and further expands Alton Memorial’s connection as a member of BJC HealthCare to the nationally renowned cancer center based at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Key Components of the Network Affiliation Include:
- A patient navigator to coordinate access to highly specialized care, including clinical trials for especially complex cases, at Siteman Cancer Center.
- Use of genomic and genetic testing to help identify more personalized, targeted treatments based on the characteristics of a patient’s disease.
- Sharing of best practices to improve patient care. Examples include how nurses and radiation therapists are trained to care for oncology patients, and implementing industry-approved guidelines for survivorship, screening and genetic counseling programs.
- Implementation of cancer prevention strategies, such as the use of interactive tools, e-books, videos, individual coaching and online cancer risk assessment tools.
- Development of targeted interventions to reduce cancer risk and of evaluation tools to measure success.
The network’s efforts to reduce the cancer burden also are expected to increase the number of people who are screened for cancer, which should result in earlier detection and improved health outcomes.
Alton Memorial Hospital oncologists, who include private-practice physicians and physicians affiliated with BJC Medical Group or Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc., will continue to provide cancer care at the facility. Through the Siteman Cancer Network, the physicians and patients of Alton Memorial Hospital will have seamless access to necessary prevention, diagnosis and treatment resources available through Siteman Cancer Center, with coordinated care to ensure a convenient, comfortable experience for the patient.