December 11, 2000
Winship a partner in new cancer coalition
By Sylvia Wrobel
In the war against cancer, Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has launched a major
new offensive, and Emorys Winship Cancer Institutethe coordinating
center of clinical treatment programs and research throughout the University
and Emory Healthcarewill be partnered with the states three
other medical schools in helping lead the charge.
Standing in the rotunda of the State Capitol Nov. 29, flanked by white-coated
doctors and nurses from all four medical schools, Barnes told a crowd
of cancer survivors, healthcare workers, elected officials and others
that it was time for Georgia to join those leading the fight to save lives
He announced the establishment of the Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCA),
a public-private partnership that will bring together the states
leading hospitals and universities, biotech firms, civic groups and nonprofit
and government agencies to help treat, prevent and save lives from cancer.
The coalitions slogan, the governor said, will be Mobilizing
Georgia. Immobilizing Cancer.
Its goals, Barnes said, will be to prevent cancer and detect existing
cancers earlier through education and screening, improve access to quality
care for all Georgians by establishing a statewide treatment network,
train top-notch cancer researchers and caregivers, help the state economically
by bringing pharmaceutical and research jobs to Georgia and by keeping
patients here; and, most importantly, save more lives in the future by
bringing the best doctors, treatment methods and technology to the state.
Emory is pleased to be a partner in this effort, and we will do
everything we can to help make it strong. said Michael Johns, executive
vice president for health affairs. Johns praised the governors vision
and team-building strengths, calling the coalition the largest,
most comprehensive effort to fight cancer in the nation.
Winship Director Jonathan Simons said, This is a national first.
This plan is the boldest, most aggressive and comprehensive public-private
partnership assault on the cancer problem in the United States. It will
save lives now and save many more lives later, using discoveries made
in our state.
According to Barnes, the coalitions first priority will be to enhance treatment and screening in Georgia, starting with the areas of highest incidence and including public education and awareness.
An extensive treatment network, anchored by three yet unnamed cancer
centers of excellence, will be expanded through hospital treatment centers,
in coordination with private physicians throughout the state, so that
every Georgian will have access to cutting-edge care.
Another priority is to bring 150 top clinicians and scientists to Georgia
to work at the states medical centers, coordinating research and
developing new treatment methods and technologies.
But the state would not be expected to do it alone, he added. The GCA
must be a partnership of foundations, pharmaceutical and biotechnological
firms and corporations.
These fundraising efforts should help the state leverage success to receive
a bigger piece of the federal funds designated for cancer treatment and
Simons said this partnership comes as Winship is taking important new
steps in its longstanding fight against cancer, especially as it affects
Georgians. Established in 1937 with funds from Coca-Cola magnate and philanthropist
Robert Woodruff, the Winship Memorial Clinic was created as one of the
first clinics in the nation devoted entirely to the care of patients with
Since the Winship Cancer Institute was formed in 1985, it has served
as the coordinating center for an array of Emory resources in medical,
surgical and radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging and the subspecialties
of cancer care.
The institute offers new therapies usually not available outside university-affiliated
medical centers, including more than 200 clinical trials for all tumor
types and stages of cancer.
Winships strength in cancer genomics research enables it to treat
each patients cancer differently.
On the site of the former Uppergate Pavilion off of Clifton Road, Emory is now developing a new, $68 million, 200,000-square-foot facility to house both research and clinical cancer services and expand existing Emory space allocated to cancer. The building is scheduled for completion in January 2002.