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Alliance Healthcare Services and Dignity Health Bay Area Bring Cyberknife® Cancer Treatment to Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc., a leading national provider of outsourced healthcare services, and Dignity Health Bay Area announced today the opening of San Francisco CyberKnife, a new cancer treatment center that will begin treating patients June 22. 

“We at Dignity Health are very pleased to be offering this advanced radiation therapy option for our patients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Todd Strumwasser, M.D., Senior Vice President of Operations for the Dignity Health Bay Area Service Area.  “Being able to treat these conditions painlessly and conveniently is yet another expression of our culture of Humankindness.”

San Francisco CyberKnife is a joint venture between Alliance Oncology, Dignity Health Bay Area hospitals: Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco and Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City; and independent San Francisco-based physicians.  Located on the campus of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, the center offers state-of-the-art technology in a community hospital setting and will serve all three hospitals.  It is positioned to serve patients locally and throughout the Greater Bay Area.  Program offerings include a dedicated CyberKnife Nurse Navigator, numerous locations for patient consultation and follow-up care, and a nurse and three physicians on staff who speak Cantonese and Mandarin.

“In partnership with well-respected hospital network Dignity Health Bay Area, we are delighted to announce the grand opening of the new San Francisco CyberKnife center,” said Greg Spurlock, President of Alliance Oncology.  “We are proud to support Dignity Health’s vision for service and clinical excellence while providing state-of-the-art cancer treatment for the entire Bay Area and surrounding communities.”

San Francisco CyberKnife will offer patients access to world-class outpatient cancer treatment with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System.  CyberKnife is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney.  The treatment delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy in five or fewer outpatient procedures.  Other CyberKnife patient benefits include no anesthesia or hospitalization, minimal radiation exposure to healthy tissue, little to no recovery time, and immediate return to daily activities. 

“Cyberknife is a mature technology, clinically proven to be an effective cancer treatment option,” said John Meyer, M.D., radiation oncologist at San Francisco CyberKnife and editor/co-author of the textbook IMRT, IGRT, SBRT – Advances in the Treatment Planning and Delivery of Radiotherapy.  “It offers hope to patients who have inoperable tumors and can reduce treatment risks for those with surgically complex tumors.  As a noninvasive and painless procedure, it gives new options for those who wish to avoid the challenges of surgery.”

San Francisco CyberKnife is located at 900 Hyde Street, San Francisco, California 94109.  For more information, call (415) 674-8200 or visit cksanfrancisco.com.

About Dignity Health Bay Area

Dignity Health includes four accredited, not-for-profit hospitals in the Bay Area – Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. All four hospitals are Certified Stroke Centers, offer emergency services, and have received national recognition for superior safety and quality from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, located in San Francisco, is home to the Bothin Burn Center, the largest dedicated burn unit in Northern California.  Saint Francis also features the Center for Sports Medicine, the Spine Institute of San Francisco, the Total Joint Center and specializes in emergency medicine.  www.saintfrancismemorial.org

St. Mary’s Medical Center, located in San Francisco, opened the nation’s first digital cardiac catheterization laboratory and continues to pioneer in multidisciplinary spine care.  St. Mary’s also houses a Total Joint Center, a Comprehensive Cancer Center and is recognized for outstanding treatment of stroke.  www.stmarysmedicalcenter.org

Sequoia Hospital, located in Redwood City, is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute.  The hospital also offers award-winning maternity care, and has been recognized as one of America’s top 100 hospitals. www.sequoiahospital.org

About Alliance HealthCare Services

Alliance HealthCare Services (NASDAQ: AIQ) is a leading national provider of outsourced healthcare services with a 30+year track record of award-winning patient care/satisfaction and service line expertise.  Providing diagnostic radiology services through its Radiology Division (Alliance HealthCare Radiology), interventional radiology & pain management services through its Interventional Services Division (Alliance HealthCare Interventional Services) and radiation oncology services through its Oncology Division (Alliance Oncology), Alliance is the nation’s largest provider of advanced diagnostic mobile imaging services, an industry-leading operator of fixed-site imaging centers, and a leading provider of stereotactic radiosurgery nationwide.  As of March 31, 2015, Alliance operated 523 diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy systems, including 117 fixed-site imaging centers across the country; and 31 radiation therapy centers, including 19 stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) facilities.  With a strategy of partnering with hospitals, health systems and physician practices, Alliance provides quality clinical services for over 1,000 hospitals and other healthcare partners in 44 states where approximately 1,800 Alliance team members are committed to providing exceptional patient care and exceeding customer expectations.  For more information, visit www.alliancehealthcareservices-us.com