St. Bernards Healthcare announced today it has completed an agreement with Clopton Clinic and The West Clinic to provide women in Northeast Arkansas with gynecological cancers access to world-class treatment in Jonesboro. Under the agreement, Todd D. Tillmanns, MD, and Mark E. Reed, MD, gynecologic oncology specialists, will be on the medical staff at St. Bernards and provide the latest cancer treatments to women with gynecologic malignancies. Tillmanns will serve as lead surgeon.
“This agreement means that GYN cancer patients will now have treatment options available to them right here in Northeast Arkansas that rival services available anywhere in the U.S.,” says Chris B. Barber, president and chief executive officer of St. Bernards Healthcare. “Our new partnership represents another needed healthcare service that will be met locally by experienced and highly qualified surgeons.
“We are extremely pleased to bring this specialized cancer care to patients throughout Northeast Arkansas. Drs. Tillmanns and Reed are among the most respected specialists in their field, and they bring invaluable experience currently not available outside major metropolitan areas such as Memphis,” Barber continues.
Tillmanns, board certified in gynecologic oncology as well as obstetrics and gynecology, has been with The West Clinic for seven years. In February 2006, Tillmanns performed the first robotic-assisted hysterectomy and paraaortic lymphadenectomy in the Mid-South using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. As a leader in robotic-assisted surgery, Tillmanns also performed the first robotic surgery at Methodist University Hospital for gynecologic cancer, and in 2010 performed the first robotic surgery at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. He is a strong proponent of the da Vinci surgical system®, stressing that it gives physicians unparalleled dexterity and unsurpassed control and vision, improving both patient experiences and outcomes.
Tillmanns is the current president of the Memphis Robotic Surgical Society and a founding member of the organization. He also serves as an associate professor in the Department of OB/GYN, Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, training the next generation of gynecologists and minimally invasive surgery specialists. On a national level, Tillmanns serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines Committee for Cervical and Endometrial Cancer, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists 2012 Program Committee and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists( AAGL) Oncology Committee, to name a few. He recently presented research findings at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) international meeting in Chicago and is highly published in peer-reviewed journals.
Reed has been on staff at The West Clinic for more than a decade and is board certified in gynecologic oncology as well as obstetrics and gynecology. He is also a founding member of the Memphis Robotic Surgical Society and holds fellow status with the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Reed is an assistant professor in the Department of OB/GYN, Division of GYN Oncology, UT Health Science Center.
“The West Clinic is excited about our new partnership with St. Bernards and Clopton Clinic,” said Erich Mounce, CEO, The West Clinic. “Our physicians have served this market for years and treated many patients with gynecologic cancers from this area. Our decision to bring gynecologic oncology services further underscores our commitment to the patients and medical community in the Jonesboro and surrounding areas. Drs. Tillmanns and Reed are nationally respected gynecologic surgical oncologists and are looking forward to working closer with St. Bernards and Clopton Clinic to offer patients the best care for gynecologic cancers close to home.”
Physicians at St. Bernards have been using the da Vinci® surgical system for more than three years.
“It will be great to have gynecological oncology specialists in Jonesboro,” says Dr. Mazen Khalil, Clopton Clinic oncologist. “It will provide an excellent service for women who are diagnosed with malignancy, and it will mean that patients do not have to travel away from home to have surgical gynecologic oncology care.
“This also allows St. Bernards to expand its ability to provide the highest possible level of care for gynecologic oncology patients through utilization of the da Vinci robotic surgical system which already is in place at the medical center.
“Having gynecological oncology services means that care available at St. Bernards will be comparable to care provided at large cancer centers and university hospitals around the country,” Khalil continues.
The West Clinic has been a premier provider of cancer care in the Mid-South for more than 30 years and is widely recognized for its breadth of expertise, dedication to excellence and commitment to compassionate care.
In January, 2012, The West Clinic formed a unique partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a seven-hospital system based in Memphis, to create a comprehensive, fully integrated cancer service to greatly benefit residents in this region. Another move that speaks to the strength of The West Clinic cancer care program is that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has moved its Oncology Fellowship Program to The West Clinic, with both The West Clinic and Methodist Health System contributing a total of $35 million over the next seven years to enhance cancer research, care programs and innovation.
Tillmanns and Reed will see patients at Clopton Clinic, 300 Carson.
“This will take our GYN cancer care to the next level,” Barber emphasizes. “And it will allow patients to receive world class care without having to leave home.”
St. Bernards is a 438-bed acute care medical center that has provided comprehensive care for residents of this region for 112 years.