Published on October 06, 2011

Baptist Memorial Medical Group Acquires Boston Baskin Cancer Group/UTCI

BMMG developing the region’s first Adult Comprehensive Cancer Program

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Medical Group recently acquired the Boston Baskin Cancer Group d/b/a University of Tennessee Cancer Institute, known as UTCI, and has formed the Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation, PLC.

BMMG, an affiliate of Baptist Memorial Health Care, is one of the area's largest not-for-profit multispecialty physician group practices, with more than 200 physicians representing 31 specialties with locations in West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi.

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation recently announced its plans for developing the first adult multidisciplinary comprehensive academic cancer center in the Mid-South. According to Baptist officials, the organization has committed more than $65 million to build a large flagship outpatient cancer center in the Wolf River medical corridor. Officials also note Baptist has committed more than $20 million toward the development of regional cancer centers and related services in Oxford, Miss., and Jonesboro, Ark., as part of the system's overall oncology strategy.

BMMG has acquired multiple oncology practices recently with a plan for all cancer providers to work in the new integrated cancer center and to provide services throughout the larger Mid-South community.

The Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation has 15 physicians and eight clinical sites in three states. Physicians in the foundation have provided cancer care in the community for more than 35 years with the first physician, Dr. Reed Baskin, seeing his first patient in January 1974. In 2001, BBCG took over the responsibilities of the division of hematology oncology for the University of Tennessee and became known as UTCI. Boston Baskin officials state during the last 10 years, they and the physicians successfully tripled the size of the division and its fellowship training program, established a full-service Blood and Marrow Transplant program, and started the first of its kind adult multidisciplinary, disease-specific program in the region. They developed a cutting-edge research program for clinical and translation research and published original research. Additionally BBCG was the sole provider of cancer care to all patients at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and Medplex, irrespective of their ability to pay.

Dr. Furhan Yunus, the associate chief medical officer for the group, stated that after many years of internal review and discussions with all stakeholders, the group felt Baptist was the best partner in this region and shared the group's goal of developing a nationally known academic cancer program for adult cancer patients.

Yunus commented, "Baptist leadership has shown remarkable vision and the ability to make a true commitment to cancer program development, which has been our goal for many decades. We are extremely excited to have found a committed health system that shares our goal. We believe our community will be the real beneficiaries of this effort."

Under the terms of the new partnership, the Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation locations that have historically offered chemotherapy services will continue to be available to patients. In addition, patients at locations that have had access to advanced imaging services such as CT or PET scanning will continue to have access to those services once the transition is complete. Group patients who have received radiation therapy in the Bartlett area will also be able to continue receiving those services.

The group will continue to focus on providing high-quality patient care while working with Baptist and other Baptist-affiliated oncologists in the development of the new cancer program, which will offer comprehensive cancer care, including multidisciplinary clinics, full-service malignant hematology transplant care, and clinical trials. The group will offer ancillary and supportive cancer services that are currently not available under one roof.

According to BMMG officials, Boston Baskin has a strong history of working with Baptist Memorial hospitals throughout the Mid-South, and its physicians have been an instrumental part of providing care to patients suffering from cancer in the larger community. The physicians at Boston Baskin will continue practicing at other area hospitals, and the transition to providing care under the new partnership should be seamless for patients of the group.

Jim Boswell, vice president of physician operations and chief executive officer for BMMG, said, "We are honored to be partnering with the physicians at Boston Baskin. Our partnership with Boston Baskin, Family Cancer Center and Integrity Oncology will allow all of us to deliver an unprecedented level of care to cancer patients in this area. Our combined resources will broaden and strengthen the gamut of services we offer to the community."

Since April 2009, BMMG has acquired a number of primary care, internal medicine and sub-specialty physician practices, and it has ongoing plans to expand to other areas and specialties. Within the past year, BMMG has formed partnerships with Stern Cardiovascular, Memphis Lung Physicians, Finn and Associates, The Light Clinic and Memphis Internal Medicine.


Contact Us

Valerie Burrow

Senior Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 901-227-3525
Cell: 901-828-2243

Ayoka Pond

Director of Public Relations and Internal Communications
Phone: 901-227-3503
Cell: 901-581-5637