St. Jude Children’s Hospital picks Tulsa’s Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis for next affiliate

TULSA – Tulsa will house the nation’s eighth affiliate clinic of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, making it the first in Oklahoma and the outpost farthest west.

PHOTO: Child Life Specialist Amy Kennedy helps a patient prepare for radiation therapy at a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. New research from St. Jude shows support interventions by child life specialists decrease sedation use and costs associated with cranial radiation therapy. Courtesy photo.

The program with The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, is set to open in July, the Tulsa World reported. The partnership adds St. Jude’s research and resources to the care The Children’s Hospital already provides for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

“This is not an in-name-only affiliation. It is not a marketing agreement so we can put a marquee that might suggest more than it produces,” said Jake Henry Jr., president and CEO of Saint Francis Health System. “Indeed, our clinic is now an extension of the world leader in pediatric cancer research and treatment right here in Tulsa, in northeastern Oklahoma.”

Henry said clinical trials for leading-edge treatments will be available to cancer patients at the hospital, eliminating long wait times for these measures to become common practice.

Henry said St. Jude clinical physicians and researchers vetted the hospital for about two years to determine its qualifications to be an affiliate.

READ MORE in this Tulsa World story by Corey Jones

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