Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University agreed Wednesday to jointly operate their community outpatient cancer clinics throughout the region.

The operating agreement, called the OHSU Knight-Legacy Health Cancer Collaborative, creates an integrated cancer program providing radiation oncology, medical oncology and infusion services in clinics in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia and Clark counties.

“By leveraging each organization’s respective expertise and resources, the OHSU Knight-Legacy Health Cancer Collaborative will deliver the most advanced and personalized care to our patients,” said Dr. George J. Brown, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Health. “Legacy Health is constantly exploring ways to streamline the system of care for our patients. I am proud to see our shared vision of efficiently delivering the most advanced and coordinated care in the region, become a reality today.”

OHSU’s agreement with Legacy Health in cancer care reflects an important advance in the delivery of health care, said Peter Rapp, OHSU executive vice president and executive director of OHSU Healthcare.

“In the interest of responsible health care reform, both OHSU and Legacy are committed to being proactive and innovative in ensuring patients in our region will continue to benefit from the most advanced cancer therapies and research without duplicating resources,” Rapp said.

Through the agreement, OHSU gains closer integration with Legacy’s network of medical centers. OHSU Knight Cancer Institute community medical oncologists and its radiation oncology department will be able to consult with Legacy physicians on their patients’ treatment.

For Legacy, the extended collaboration means closer ties to OHSU’s community medical oncology team.

Under the agreement, all Legacy outpatient medical oncology infusion clinics will be managed by OHSU. With that change, an estimated 18 Legacy positions will be transferred to OHSU.

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