Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIQ) (the “Company”, “Alliance”, “we” or “our”), a leading national provider of outsourced radiology, oncology and interventional services, announced that its oncology division, Alliance Oncology, has signed a joint venture agreement with physician partners from the Center for Cancer Care and the Huntsville Hospital Health System, one of the nation’s largest public hospital systems serving north Alabama and southern Tennessee.
“I am enthusiastic about this joint venture agreement with the Center for Cancer Care physicians and the Huntsville Hospital Health System,” said Greg Spurlock, President of Alliance Oncology and Alliance Healthcare International. “The partners have a unified vision to enhance cancer care and allow for new and continued growth opportunities within the market. We are truly excited to partner with such a stellar group of physicians and health system.”
The new affiliation, named Alliance Cancer Care, represents four sites in the Huntsville and Decatur areas and the partners are working on a plan to take steps to further grow the network throughout the state of Alabama. “We are very excited about this partnership as it allows us multiple areas of growth while retaining our core values of excellence in patient care. We continually strive to provide the best possible experience for our patients, both physically and mentally, from the first consult in our office to the final follow-up after the treatment is complete” said Hoyt “Tres” Childs III, M.D., radiation oncologist with Center for Cancer Care. In addition to more locations, Alliance Cancer Care will be adding a radiosurgery program that will include equipment capable of performing stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), as well as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). Patients looking for noninvasive treatment for benign or malignant tumors throughout their body will be able to stay close to home, rather than having to travel for radiosurgery treatment.
“This new partnership, Alliance Cancer Care, allows us to pull together the resources of three strong entities to better serve our patients throughout North Alabama and Southern Tennessee,” said John Francis Gleason, Jr., M.D., radiation oncologist with the Center for Cancer Care. “It will help us maintain the strong patient-centered state-of-the-art cancer care we already offer and allow us to continue to pioneer new and exciting technology and treatment improvements for our patients.”