Piedmont Healthcare will be an affiliate of the renowned University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in a deal announced Friday.
Piedmont is becoming part of the MD Anderson Cancer Network.
The deal “ensures our patients receive cancer care based on best practices developed by one of America’s leading cancer care providers,” said Kevin Brown, CEO of Piedmont Healthcare.
Brown said the deal “takes our quality assurances to a new level.”
MD Anderson has ranked 1st in cancer care in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” survey in 10 of the last 12 years.
Thomas Burke, executive vice president of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, said the partnership “will raise the bar even higher for cancer care in Georgia.”
MD Anderson practices will be used at Piedmont Atlanta and Piedmont Fayette hospitals. In the future, Piedmont Henry and Piedmont Newnan hospitals also are expected to become members of the network.
The collaboration provides Piedmont doctors who are certified by the Anderson cancer network with “access to evidence-based, disease-specific guidelines for cancer treatment, prevention, early detection and follow-up care developed by a national leader in cancer care,” Piedmont oncologist Perry Ballard said.