The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is partnering with GE Healthcare to open 25 cancer centers throughout Europe and the Middle East over the next 10 years, according to company officials.
The for-profit venture will be launched with initial oncology centers in Turkey, Germany and Greece. UPMC has already negotiated partnership agreements with established hospital systems in each of the countries, but the agreements currently prevent UPMC from identifying the providers, said a spokesman.
GE Healthcare will not have an ownership stake in the cancer centers, said Jim Torres, general manager of GEs Global Funding division. The vendor will, however, have exclusive rights to supply radiology, laboratory and other oncology-treatment equipment used at the centers. UPMC will provide surgical, clinical and management services.
The benefit of this is not just a vendor-customer relationship, Torres said. Were able to work with UPMC to develop a future road map for how the technology can be used in treatment and diagnosis.
The oncology centers will be set up outside of metropolitan areas, in communities of at least 150,000 residents, said Charles Bogosta, president of UMPCs International and Commercial Services division. Were bringing a hub-and-spoke treatment-center model to communities where cancer centers dont exist, Bogosta said. People wont have to go to major metropolitan areas for care.
The first of the centers will open some time next year, said officials. -- by Shawn Rhea
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