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OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital Becomes Certified Member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®

Certification Brings World-Renowned Expertise to the Community

OhioHealth announced today that OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital has become certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, a world-renowned leader in cancer care.

OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital provides full inpatient and outpatient medical oncology services with an infusion center, a chemotherapy program, and a radiation oncology program. Also accredited by the American College of Surgeons, Mansfield Hospital has weekly tumor boards that emphasize the prospective management of patients with newly diagnosed malignancies in a multidisciplinary setting. The hospital also has a full-time research nurse to manage patients on research protocols, and identify new protocols that may ultimately improve the care of cancer patients.

In addition to the hospital becoming certified, Mansfield Hospital medical staff recently certified by the network include:

  • Dr. Robert Exten (hematology)
  • Dr. Srividya Viswanathan (oncology)
  • Dr. Kyee Koh (radiation oncology)
  • Dr. D.B. Nguyen (radiation oncology)
  • Dr. Manjunath Haridas (general surgery)
  • Dr. Piyush Sheth (general surgery)

“Certification at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital will help advance cancer care in the community while still keeping that care local for patients and their families,” said Michael Bianchi, System Vice President, Cancer Services. “This certification creates a new standard of cancer care for the region.”

MD Anderson is one of the nation’s original three Comprehensive Cancer Centers, pioneering the National Cancer Institute guidelines that set the standard of cancer care today. MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently ranked as the top in cancer care — and No. 1 for 12 of the past 15 years. Most importantly, Mansfield Hospital will have access to MD Anderson’s evidence-based guidelines.

“As OhioHealth hospitals and physicians are certified, there is new hope for cancer patients,” said Bianchi. “As a certified member, our physicians will now be tied together through clinical protocols and treatment plans, as well as tumor boards and cancer committees. This relationship with MD Anderson Cancer Network serves as not only a validation of the exceptional care that we’re currently providing, but gives us that added edge and resource should a patient have an especially complex cancer. In those cases, we’ll be able to leverage our relationship with our Houston colleagues to ensure those patients are receiving optimal care.”

As a new member of MD Anderson Cancer Network, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital is now part of a best practices and quality improvement program. The program offers certified OhioHealth hospitals and their associated cancer specialists access to MD Anderson guidelines for treatment planning and improving the quality of cancer care provided.

“MD Anderson is known worldwide, for its cancer care and OhioHealth has a strong reputation for treating cancer with a high-touch, patient-centered approach,” said Jean Halpin, president, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. “We’re thrilled about this relationship and how it’s moved forward to provide this care right here in the Mansfield community. It’s a very exciting time for our community and our cancer patients, and this is really what it’s all about - the patient.”

Two OhioHealth hospitals – OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Grant Medical Center – became certified members in September 2014. Last summer, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital and OhioHealth Marion General Hospital became certified members. Since that time more than 60 affiliated physicians are now officially certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network. When MD Anderson Cancer Network certification is fully complete, eight OhioHealth hospitals and more than 75 OhioHealth medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgical oncologists will be certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network.

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for ten years in a row, 2007-2016.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at

About MD Anderson Cancer Network

MD Anderson Cancer Network® is a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. It’s designed to advance the institution’s mission of eliminating cancer by delivering MD Anderson expertise to community health providers. The network includes mission-aligned hospitals and health care systems across the United States committed to elevating the quality of care in their communities. Hospitals have direct access to MD Anderson clinical guidelines and best practices through certified membership in the network.