On Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center assumed operations and management of Norman Regional’s medical oncology services at the Porter Campus Medical Oncology and Infusion Clinic. This transition is part of a newly announced partnership to expand cancer care in Oklahoma.
OU Health and Norman Regional will bring the highest level of cancer care to Norman by building a new cancer care facility on the Norman Regional HealthPlex campus, said Norman Regional President and CEO Richie Splitt.
This new building, slated to open in 2025, will provide the expertise and convenience of Oklahoma’s only National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, to the residents of the south metro and south central Oklahoma. (story continues below)
Operating the Medical Oncology and Infusion Clinic is the first step in this plan.
“Norman Regional has a long history of excellence in cancer care. Partnering with Stephenson Cancer Center will elevate those services in a variety of ways and allow patients to receive convenient care closer to their homes,” Splitt said.
The same expert team including physicians will provide care at this clinic but as part of OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center.
“Over the years since I did my training at OU College of Medicine, I have always maintained a good working relationship with the physicians at OU Health, and it is my pleasure to be able to formally announce this partnership, enabling our patients to have even more seamless access to highly specialized care,” said Kristin Thorp, MD, oncologist.
Patients of the Medical Oncology Clinic and Infusion Center will see changes such as different naming on signs and the communication they receive.
“Thank you to our employees who we call healers and our patients as we work through this transition,” Splitt said. “We’re honored to begin a new journey that, as always, leads to exceptional patient care.”