Wilson Medical Center Becomes Duke Cancer Affiliate

January 23, 2018

Wilson Cancer Services

Wilson Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, has joined the Duke Cancer Network, effective December 2017. 

As the hospital continues to expand oncology services, becoming a Duke cancer affiliate provides the Wilson Medical Center team further access to the clinical experience and expertise of the Duke Cancer Institute, which is designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, ranking it among the top four percent of U.S. centers.

“Becoming a Duke cancer affiliate provides us access to Duke’s latest cancer guidelines, practices and cancer research, in addition to expanded training on cancer-related health issues, including protocols for cancer care,” said Wilson Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Bill Caldwell. 

“As a Duke LifePoint hospital, we have a strong connection to Duke and LifePoint to support our patient safety, quality and daily operations. Further aligning oncology services with Duke allows us to enhance that relationship by connecting our physicians and clinicians with educational opportunities for advanced cancer care,” said Caldwell. “We look forward to working closely with Duke to provide our patients and community with access to the highest standard of cancer care and treatment close to home.”

Linda Sutton
Dr. Linda Sutton

Through this collaboration, a multidisciplinary team of experts from the Duke Cancer Network will work closely with the Wilson Medical Center oncology services team, which includes oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, surgeons and radiation oncology specialists.

“Wilson Medical Center’s affiliation with the Duke Cancer Network will bring Duke oncology experts together with their colleagues in Wilson to create a cancer program to serve the needs of the community in the community,” said Linda Sutton, M.D., Medical Director, Duke Cancer Network. “We hope that over time, patients will be able to stay in the community to receive services such as clinical trials that they have had to leave the community for in the past.”

Peggy Metts, MD
Peggy Metts, MD

“We are thrilled to be able to offer patients in our community the benefits that come with being part of the esteemed Duke Cancer Network. With this new relationship, we foresee innumerable benefits for clinicians as well as the citizens of the greater Wilson area,” said Peggy Metts, M.D., Medical Director, Wilson Medical Center Radiation Oncology. “Educational programs and outreach through community events is an important part of the collaboration. As physicians, we will be able to expand our collaborative efforts with the Duke Health System through shared patients, clinical conferences, and professional development opportunities,” said Metts. “Having access to these resources will be invaluable in maintaining the excellent quality of care in our community. We are honored to be included in the Duke Cancer Network.”

Cancer Care Services at Wilson

Accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons, Wilson Medical Center’s comprehensive cancer care offers a wide range of services to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Some of these include radiation therapy, brachytherapy, multi-disciplinary cancer clinics, counseling, screenings and surgery. A dedicated team of cancer specialists meets weekly to collaborate and develop individualized treatment plans for patients.

Lynda Owen, PhD
Lynda Owen, PhD, CCRP

“We are extremely enthusiastic about this unique opportunity to collaborate with the Duke Cancer Network and Duke Cancer Institute to improve and enhance services provided to our cancer patients in the Wilson community,” said Keith Lerro, M.D., Medical Oncologist. “This alliance will not only enhance our ability to provide state-of-the-art care in Wilson, but will also allow our patients better access to highly-specialized physicians and technologies available only at larger medical centers such as Duke. Our affiliation will also benefit our local cancer physicians through improved access to top-notch educational opportunities, greater access to thought-leaders, and local access to clinical trials that are vetted through the Duke system,” said Lerro.

“As a Wilson native, I am very excited to work with the Wilson Medical Center team to enhance their cancer program to include access to cutting-edge clinical research,” said Lynda Owen, PhD, CCRP, Associate Director, Research Program Development and Education, Duke Cancer Network. “One of the goals of the new collaboration is to keep patients in the community, close to family and friends, while receiving quality, comprehensive cancer care—something I think the people of Wilson will appreciate.”

About Wilson Medical Center

A Duke LifePoint hospital, Wilson Medical Center is a 294-bed health care organization that offers a range of services. We offer comprehensive cardiac care, imaging services, cancer care and orthopedics, in addition to primary and specialty care through our physician practice offices. We also offer community outreach programs, including Oncology Nurse Navigation, Living Well and Friends of Wilson, providing our community with additional health and wellness resources that go beyond onsite care.  For more information, visit www.wilsonmedical.com.

About Duke Cancer Network

The Duke Cancer Network collaborates with organizations to bring excellent cancer care to their communities. With more than twenty years working with our affiliates throughout the eastern United States, the Duke Cancer Network is backed by the resources of the Duke Cancer Institute, ranked among the top four percent of U.S. centers designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Duke Cancer Network has expertise in building value-based programs that define best practices and enhance quality to best serve the needs of your community. We specialize in multidisciplinary models of care and offer access to clinical research and subspecialty services including surgery and palliative care.