A New Vision for Cancer Care Delivery

Message from the Cancer Institute Chair

We live in a time of unbelievable change and advancement in cancer care. The number of new treatments and diagnostic tools is astounding. We embrace the opportunities for progress at Premier Health Cancer Institute, and affirm our commitment to keep our patients at the center of all we do.

As a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the nations top-ranked cancer centers, we bring their leading cancer expertise to our patients in Southwest Ohio. This means they can receive high-quality cancer care close to home, surrounded by family and friends.

We have improved consistency of quality of care throughout our sites, all accredited through the Commission on Cancer and receiving the prestigious Magnet® Recognition for nursing.  

During 2020, we invested in new technologies, streamlined the process of cancer diagnosis and treatment to reduce stress on patients, implemented safety precautions for COVID-19, and introduced in primary care settings genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancers. As we transformed many aspects of care delivery, we sought to optimize the health and welfare of each person who came to us.

Strong physician relationships – among Premier Health physicians, independent practices, and peer-to-peer consultations with MD Anderson physicians via the network – contributed to creating well-coordinated, unified treatment plans with input from multiple specialists. We continue to recruit talented cancer experts to our staff, and we are delighted to welcome back Jose Rodriguez, MD, FACS, who is the new medical director of thoracic surgical care.

Through the collective efforts of our talented physicians, administrators, nursing staff, nurse navigators, and others, we are transforming the patient experience with our high standards and compassionate care. The Cancer Institute members and I are grateful for the efforts of every team member and the invaluable leadership and wisdom of vice chair and surgical oncologist James Ouellette, DO, FACS, and Ryan Steinmetz, MD, radiation oncology lead.

Together, we’re creating a new vision for cancer care.

Please read on for the 2020 Top 10 Things To Know about the vision of our cancer program.

  1. Expanding and Improving Specialized Cancer Program
  2. Cancer Care Above and Beyond
  3. Leading Cancer Care in Southwest Ohio: MD Anderson Cancer Network Affiliation
  4. Cancer Care That Gets Noticed: Clinical Excellence
  5. Transforming Our Care: Operational Advances
  6. Stopping Cancer Before It Starts: Cancer Prevention Programs
  7. Sharing Patient Care Goals: Physician Partnerships
  8. Finding Better Ways: Research and Clinical Trials
  9. Powering Up the Patient Experience
  10. Our Care Lives Here: Cancer Community Outreach


Charles Bane, MD
MD Anderson Cancer Network Certified Physician
Chair, Cancer Institute