Valley Health System (VHS) has partnered with Mount Sinai Health System to introduce a comprehensive cancer care in northern New Jersey.

The collaborative approach will enhance patient care both at Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center in Paramus and the main campus in Ridgewood.

It will witness the advent of new clinical programmes and services; upgrading of existing programmes and services through access to Mount Sinai’s cancer experts.

The partnership will increase the access to clinical trials and undertake research programmes.

Both the healthcare facilities will collaborate to establish a clinically integrated physician network aimed at delivering a quality and cost-efficient care.

Both the parties have announced their joint initiative on clinical programmes, research, and educational offerings last year, the current oncology alliance being the first of its kind.

Valley Blumenthal Cancer Centre medical director Robert Korst said: "Many of these new treatments are at the vanguard of cancer care today.

"We are very excited that our patients will experience expanded access to these treatments and to Mount Sinai’s physician network, all integrated within the personalised high-quality cancer care that they receive at Valley and from their Valley physicians and cancer specialists."

The Valley-Mount Sinai partnership will hold prospective multidisciplinary videoconferences which will enable cancer care experts from both hospitals to discuss patient cases to determine optimal treatment, follow-up, and management of individual patients.

The videoconferences will involve the participation of physicians, researchers, nurses, social workers, and other members of the cancer care teams at both cancer facilities.

Mount Sinai is comprised of seven hospitals and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, while Valley Health System includes The Valley Hospital, Valley Home Care, and Valley Medical Group.