Infirmary Health and UAB partner on cancer care

Access to cancer teams and clinical trials are at heart of partnership

UAB’s O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center physicians and team members will be working with Infirmary Health’s Infirmary Cancer Care physicians to provide more comprehensive care to patients in south Alabama, southeast Mississippi and the Florida panhandle.

The UAB Health System and Infirmary Health have entered a partnership to collaborate on cancer services to patients in south Alabama, southeast Mississippi and the Florida panhandle.

The two organizations say the multi-year planning of the partnership was born with the goal of decreasing the burden of cancer, improving outcomes and expanding cancer scientific discovery through an increased footprint and resources of both organizations.

“As Infirmary Health developed its cancer program, Infirmary Cancer Care, we wanted to have a meaningful and care-altering partnership that would enable us to continue to offer the highest level of care for our patients,” said Mark Nix, president and CEO of Infirmary Health. “Collaboration and affiliation with the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the few National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country, makes this goal possible, and we are confident our collaborative future with UAB will further our organization’s vision of being the first choice for health care in our region.”

Team members from both Infirmary Health and UAB met to announce the partnership.

Barry Sleckman, director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, said, “At UAB, our mission is to strive to offer an NCI-designated level of cancer care to anyone with cancer in the state of Alabama and bordering states, and this new partnership enables us to do just that. Partnering with Infirmary Cancer Care allows us to extend our impact and provide our expertise to a broader patient population and to expand access to cancer clinical trials while allowing patients to remain close to home. Their knowledge of the local health care landscape will be invaluable as we jointly serve patients in the region.”

Patients will continue to receive care at Infirmary Cancer Care’s five locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties, but will now have access to the expertise of the cancer teams at UAB, expanding treatment options.

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