Alfond Foundation Awards $10 Million for Cancer Care Network

MaineHealth has announced a five-year, $10 million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation to launch a cancer care network in partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Building on the success of a similar coordinated care model implemented at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care at MaineGeneral Medical Center, an Augusta-based affiliate of MaineHealth, the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network, in partnership with Portland-area hospitals, will use the grant to deliver comprehensive, patient-centered care in Maine and New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley region, with the funds covering a portion of the network's start-up costs. Through the network, patients will have access to a patient navigator who can educate them about their disease, discuss treatment options, and help coordinate appointments. The grant also will support MaineHealth's continuing efforts in cancer prevention and education.

"Our network includes nearly three hundred providers across Maine and the Mount Washington Valley," said Scot C. Remick, chief of oncology for Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth. "Coordinated, comprehensive care represents best practice in cancer treatment and typically delivers the best clinical and experience outcomes. The generous investment from the Harold Alfond Foundation will make a tremendous difference in the lives of Maine and New Hampshire residents by facilitating personalized, state-of-the-art care that turns more patients into survivors."

"The foundation is proud to continue its investment in cancer care and to make this commitment to the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network," said Alfond Foundation board chair Greg Powell. "By working together, we can achieve transformative change in the lives of so many people who everyday face a disproportionate risk of cancer…We are especially excited to work with such an outstanding team that is so incredibly focused on helping patients and families."