UPMC, GE partner to establish cancer centers abroad

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is partnering with GE to establish and operate cancer center internationally. With more than 10 million new cases every year, cancer has become one of the world’s most devastating diseases, killing an estimated 20,000 people each day. This effort will provide UPMC’s cancer expertise to patients now lacking such care close to home, while GE Healthcare will provide and service all the medical equipment that it is capable of supplying to these facilities.


According to the UPMC news release, UPMC already operates one of the largest cancer programs in the U.S., serving 30,000 newly diagnosed patients annually through more than 40 centers in western Pennsylvania. UPMC also manages two cancer centers in Ireland.


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said it would open at least 25 cancer clinics in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in the next decade, with help from General Electric Co. UPMC currently operates two cancer clinics in Ireland, manages a transplant center in Italy, and manages emergency medical services in Qatar. Regarding its new venture, the system is in talks with hospital companies in Turkey, Greece, Germany, and South Korea The move is a new twist on the international push by top U.S. health-care organizations like the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, as well as a way for UPMC and GE to boost their brands in new markets.


The Wall Street Journal also reported on this new partnership between GE and UPMC.


(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, November 13, 2008; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, http://upmc.com, accessed November 19, 2008; The Wall Street Journal, http://wsj.com, accessed November 19, 2008)