A Methodist spokeswoman declined to provide additional information about financial terms of the deal. She said cost savings achieved through the partnership will allow the organizations to fund the fellowship program.
"It is important to note that this is not a sale of The West Clinic," Erich Mounce, CEO of The West Clinic, said in a news release. "The West Clinic and its physicians will remain independent and autonomous. This is a novel partnership that will build upon the strengths of both Methodist Healthcare and The West Clinic to transform the way cancer care is provided in the Mid-South."
About 110 of The West Clinic's direct patient-care employees will become associates at the three-hospital system. The partnership will not affect the 33 physicians and other administrative staff that The West Clinic employs.
Seven of the eight facilities owned by The West Clinic will participate in the partnership. One facility, which is in Corinth, Miss., will not be included.
Mounce, who will continue to oversee The West Clinic, will also be responsible for overseeing Methodist's full-center cancer service center. He will report to Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare.