Piedmont is now the first health system in Georgia to become an affiliate of MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
It is Piedmontâ€™s dedication to Georgia residents affected by cancer that led the organization to raise its degree of collaboration in managing patient care with MD Anderson and become certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network. Currently, there are only 12 others in the nation.
MD Andersonâ€™s practices and protocols will be implemented at Piedmont Atlanta and Piedmont Fayette hospitals. In the future, Piedmont Henry and Piedmont Newnan hospitals are expected to become MD Anderson Cancer Network certified members as well.
â€œBy teaming up, weâ€™re combining the best of what we provide locally with the world-renown expertise of MD Anderson,â€ said oncologist Perry Ballard, M.D. â€œThis collaboration provides those Piedmont physicians also certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network with access to evidence-based, disease-specific guidelines for cancer treatment, prevention, early detection and follow-up care developed by a national leader in cancer care.â€