Pluta Cancer Center
is taking the first steps towards joining forces with the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The two have signed a “memorandum of understanding” that could lead to a merger.
CEO Kelly McCormick-Sullivan says Pluta patients will continue to be served on the current Henrietta campus, by the same doctors and medical staff but that the merger will provide easier access to state of the art research and clinical trials at URMC.
Pluta is New York’s first independent not-for-profit cancer center. It was founded in 1975, initially as part of Genesee Hospital. When the hospital closed in 2001, the center remained on the campus, and later moved to the Henrietta location in 2003.
A formal agreement will take a number of months to finalize and would be subject to regulatory approval.