Children’s, St. Cloud Hospital expand cancer and hematology partnership

Through our expanded partnership with St. Cloud Hospital, doctors like Joanna Perkins, MD, are now able to provide cancer and blood disorders care closer to home for more kids in the St. Cloud area.

For more than 10 years, St. Cloud Hospital and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have worked together to provide Pediatric Cancer and Hematology Services in St. Cloud. This expanded partnership allows both organizations to build upon the success of this collaborative care model. More children in Central Minnesota needing pediatric specialty care for cancer and blood disorders will now be able to stay closer to home through the expanded partnership between St. Cloud Hospital and Children’s.

The partnership will keep children closer to their family, doctor and home when possible, and provide a continuum of care to Children’s – Minneapolis campus when specialized care is required. The partnership gives St. Cloud Hospital expanded access to Children’s treatment guidelines, protocols and recommendations and allows us to co-manage care at the site that is most appropriate for treatment. Oncologists and hematologists from Children’s will also be more available at St. Cloud Hospital, scheduling outpatient visits several days each month.

“This partnership is important as it allows us to meet the growing and evolving medical needs of communities throughout Central Minnesota,” said Phil Kibort, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. “Improving access to high quality, family-centered care for kids fighting cancer and blood disorders is only a starting point.”

Both hospitals have Magnet designation and just last month Children’s Hospital was again recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country for cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, pulmonology and neonatology by U.S. News & World Report.

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