Methodist Healthcare ends partnership with West Cancer Center, plans new institute

By Updated: February 22, 2019 3:56 PM CT | Published: February 22, 2019 3:18 PM CT

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and West Cancer Center have formally ended their partnership, with each organization pursuing new plans for cancer care.

MLH and West had announced in September they planned to end their seven-year agreement at the end of the year. Methodist officials said Friday the transaction had been completed and would be effective later in the day.

MLH says it now plans to form the Methodist Cancer Institute, a comprehensive cancer center, in partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

“As MLH pursues its vision of building a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – one of only 49 in in the country – it will be built on a strong foundation to elevate education, research and clinical services in partnership with UTHSC,” the organization wrote in a release.

“I am excited about the direction we are headed as we continue our work to bring world-class academic physicians and community physicians together to serve our entire community,” MLH president and CEO Michael Ugwueke said in the release.

West Cancer Center previously announced it would be joining OneOncology, a Nashville-based cancer care startup, as a founding partner. West officials said the new agreement would allow it to continue pursuing National Cancer Institute designation and investing in academic and research programs.

Erich Mounce, who had been West's president and CEO since 2010, was named OneOncology's chief operating officer in November.


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