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Albuquerque Business First

Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

Lovelace Health System will partner with Hematology Oncology Associates of New Mexico as it works to fill gaps in its cancer treatment program.

Beginning early 2015, HOA, which provides hematology and medical oncology services to 1,500 new patients a year, will move from Albuquerque’s Southeast Heights to the Lovelace Medical Center Downtown, HOA Executive Administrator Kari Young told Albuquerque Business First.

The move will be somewhat of a homecoming, as HOA operated out of the Downtown complex when it was part of the St. Joseph Hospital System. The firm moved out 10 years ago after Ardent Health Services of Nashville, Tenn., bought the St. Joseph and Lovelace hospital systems.

“This is a way for us to partner with them to rebuild a medical oncology program on that campus,” Young said. “We are trying to put more emphasis on rebuilding an oncology program that has always existed but has not always been as vital.”

HOA has been in business for 37 years and has 40 employees, including four doctors and two nurse practitioners, Young added. It will move its offices, including its infusion suite, to the Lovelace Cancer Care Program at St. Joseph Square on the Lovelace Medical Center campus.

Lovelace Medical Center CEO Troy Greer said the partnership with HOA will fill gaps in Lovelace’s cancer care program. The system offers radiation oncology services, but its patients have had to go elsewhere for medical oncology, he said.

“We have world-class radiation oncology with world-class technology and technicians, but there was a hole in our service because we did not have medical oncology,” Greer said. “This gives us the capacity to create a unified and seamless approach for patients who are seeking care within the Lovelace system.”

Lovelace Health System will partner with Hematology Oncology Associates of New Mexico as it works to fill gaps in its cancer treatment program. Lovelace Medical Center CEO Troy Greer said the partnership with HOA will fill gaps in Lovelace’s cancer care program. The system offers radiation oncology services, but its patients have had to go elsewhere for medical oncology, he said.

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