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3 Indiana Hospitals Join National Effort Against Cancer

St.Vincent Children's Hospital is decorated with colorful artwork. The larger St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital is partnering to progress cancer research.

Three of Central Indiana‘s hospital systems have joined forces in the war on cancer. St. Francis Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital and Community Health Network, all in Indianapolis, announced a joint partnership Tuesday with the International Genomics Consortium.

Phoeniz-based IGC will collect cancer tissue samples for study from the three facilities. Officials say it is part of the national institutes of health‘s $275 million Cancer Genome Atlas project.

“It’s remarkable that community based hospitals like the three of us are are playing such a leading role in this,” says St. Francis hospital‘s Dr. Christopher Doehring. “There are only 14 health systems around the country that are participating and it‘s just interesting that three of them in this community are coming together and they‘re all community based hospitals.”

The Central Indiana hospitals are now part of the nationwide network‘s 14 facilities taking part. The overall goal is to help researchers better diagnose, treat and prevent cancer through collected tissue samples that are transferred online for study.

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