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Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center now open at Baptist Clay

Bringing world-class cancer care close to home for Clay County residents.

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Press Release

By Baptist Health


Jacksonville, Fla., April 3, 2023 – Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is bringing world-renowned cancer care to Fleming Island with the opening of a new satellite location on the Baptist Medical Center Clay campus. 

The Baptist MD Anderson satellite will offer patients access to medical oncology, radiation oncology and infusion services. Breast surgery services are slated to be available in late 2023. Kerwin Cumberbatch, MD, a medical oncologist, and Neenad Shah, MD, a radiation oncologist, will join the Baptist MD Anderson multidisciplinary team dedicated to serving patients at the new facility. The pair are both fellowship trained and have over 20 years of combined experience in treating cancer. Mona Janfaza, MD, a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist, is set to join the team at Baptist Clay in 2023.

“Having the caliber of Baptist MD Anderson, an affiliation between Baptist Health and 
 MD Anderson Cancer Center, right here in Clay County, is a tremendous advantage to our residents, who often have to travel for this level of expertise,” said Darin Roark, BSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, hospital president of Baptist Clay. “Now, patients can access leading-edge technology, therapies and a multidisciplinary team in their neighborhood.” 

Cancer care close to home

Baptist MD Anderson is a partnership between Baptist Health, the region’s most preferred health care provider, and MD Anderson, one of the world’s largest and most respected cancer centers in Houston, Texas. The addition of Baptist MD Anderson at Baptist Clay will be Baptist MD Anderson’s third site in the Jacksonville area, with locations on the Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South campuses.  

“We will mirror the highly coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to care pioneered by 
 MD Anderson. Baptist MD Anderson at Baptist Clay will provide adult patients access to the same advanced technologies, treatment protocols and care options as they would receive in Texas,” said Joe B. Putnam Jr. MD, FACS, medical director of Baptist MD Anderson. “Every patient will benefit from a group of cancer care experts with experience in the patient’s specific type of cancer.”

Additionally, a new state-of-the-art linear accelerator will be added to the Baptist Clay campus in spring 2023. This advanced technology uses radiation therapy to shrink cancer tumors without destroying the surrounding tissue. 

Cancer rates on the rise

In 2023, there are estimated to be 162,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Florida, with Florida second only to California, with the highest rate of new cases per year in the United States.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the cancer incidence rate in Clay County is 36.1% higher than the statewide rate as well as 47.2% higher than the national average. 

Baptist MD Anderson at Baptist Clay will be located in Baptist HealthPlace at Fleming Island, the new health and wellness center, which features a variety of other specialties, including primary care, cardiology, urology, neurology, a walk-in lab and a women’s imaging center. 

“It is gratifying to see how our presence has gone from a single site on our Baptist Jacksonville campus to Baptist South and now Baptist Clay,” said LeeAnn Mengel, RN, MBA, CMPE, FACHE, vice president of Baptist MD Anderson. “Part of our growth involves enhancing our ability to treat more patients, and we plan to continue expanding our access points to better serve the entire region.” 

For more information about Baptist MD Anderson, please visit BaptistMDAnderson.com. 

Physicians providing care at Baptist Health hospitals are not employees or agents of the hospitals. Baptist MD Anderson physicians are employed by Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Physicians, Inc.

About Baptist Health

Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Clay; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a highly integrated regional hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; urgent care services; primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida; and Baptist Home Health Care by BAYADA. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary cancer care, which is clinically integrated with MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. For more details, visit baptistjax.com. 

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