Front Driveways of MD Anderson and UTMB Health League City Campus

Information for Cancer Patients

In September 2018, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) opened the doors to a new building located on the UTMB Health League City Campus. UTMB Health will continue to provide cancer services at its Galveston, League City and Angleton campuses, but will be moving many of its Surgery and Cancer clinics to the second floor of the new building.

Both organizations have a long commitment to innovative patient care in the Houston/Galveston area. With this collaboration, patients will have even greater access to convenient, comprehensive, high-quality care, ranging from routine check-ups to specialized medical needs, including cancer screening, treatment and survivorship services.

If you are currently receiving cancer care from UTMB Health and have any questions, please feel free to ask your provider or contact us at 832-505-4000.

We greatly appreciate the trust you have placed in us and look forward to serve your health care needs in the future. To learn more, please read below.

As part of the new collaboration, MD Anderson will exclusively provide oncology-related infusion therapy, radiation therapy and gynecologic oncology, hematology oncology and medical oncology care. For other cancer services, such as screening, diagnostics and surgical oncology, new and existing patients will have a choice as to which organization will be primarily responsible for their care. For other non-oncology care, such as primary and specialty care, patients will have the choice of UTMB.

There will be no interruption in care for existing UTMB cancer patients.

Both institutions have been working together for several months to ensure a smooth transition for patients receiving cancer care, whatever their medical needs. 

Cancer patients receiving cancer care on the League City Campus who would like to continue receiving those services at this location will be given the option to become an MD Anderson patient, if their insurance approves. This will be a smooth transition for patients because their UTMB physician will also be credentialed as an MD Anderson physician, so patients will not have to change doctors, unless they so choose. Patients will receive a separate bill from MD Anderson for their cancer services on the League City Campus. If a patient should require hospitalization under MD Anderson’s care, the patient and their loved ones will work directly with their care team to determine whether they will be admitted to a UTMB or MD Anderson hospital, depending on which is the best option for their care needs.

The choice is still yours.

Some patients may prefer to remain exclusively a UTMB patient, or MD Anderson may not accept their specific insurance plan (MD Anderson does not have all of the same managed care contracts as UTMB). UTMB will work with these individuals to ensure they are able to continue receiving the comprehensive care they need within the UTMB Health System. Most of the same cancer doctors who cared for these patients at our League City location will also care for these individuals on the Galveston Campus, so patients will not have to switch to a new physician. These patients will continue to receive a single bill from UTMB for all of their care.

You may see some familiar faces as MD Anderson employees.

Another aspect of UTMB’s collaboration with MD Anderson is that UTMB staff who provided certain cancer care services will transition to become MD Anderson employees—they will provide these services at UTMB just as they did prior to the launch of the collaboration, and they may wear both an MD Anderson badge and a UTMB contract badge.

Your medical records will follow you.

Patients’ medical records will be available to both UTMB Health and MD Anderson clinicians and staff. Initially, this will been done using Epic’s Care Everywhere system, which allows doctors and nurses from different organizations to electronically exchange patient medical information in a matter of seconds.

We greatly appreciate the trust our patients have placed in us! UTMB Health and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center look forward to working together to serve our patients’ health care needs in the future.

MD Anderson Services at League City Campus

All services provided by MD Anderson within their Outpatient Cancer Center will be provided by MD Anderson employed physicians and staff. Patients will receive a separate bill from MD Anderson for their cancer services on the League City Campus.

As part of our arrangement, MD Anderson will exclusively provide the following services in the MD Anderson building on our League City Campus:

  • Chemotherapy and oncology-related infusions
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Hematology oncology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgical oncology is available through both UTMB and MD Anderson.

 

UTMB Services in the UTMB Health Surgery and Cancer Clinics at League City Campus

Services provided within the UTMB Surgery and Cancer Clinic will be provided by UTMB employed physicians and staff. Patients in this clinic will be considered UTMB patients and will be billed by UTMB. Services in the UTMB Health Surgery and Cancer Clinic will include:

  • Surgical oncology (including breast health, colorectal and melanoma)
  • Head and Neck (ENT) surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Genitourinary surgery
  • General surgery

Note: Some UTMB physicians from other clinic locations do now perform procedures at UTMB’s new clinic.

Galveston Campus Oncology Care

UTMB will contract with MD Anderson to provide the services on the Galveston Campus listed below:

  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Hematology Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology, including linear accelerator external beam therapy and brachytherapy

Note: outpatient surgical oncology services are still provided in island clinics.

UTMB will provide all other services on the Galveston Campus including pharmacy, lab, screening and diagnostic imaging, inpatient services, etc. Patients in Galveston will continue to be billed as UTMB patients. UTMB will pay a contracted fee to MD Anderson for the staff and providers that will provide these services. Faculty and staff who have transitioned to MD Anderson will retain access to systems needed for patient care activities and clinical operations.

The "Yellow Lot," located directly in front of the League City Campus and along the I-45 frontage road, offers the most convenient access to all UTMB Health Clinics and the MD Anderson Cancer Center facility; MDACC has approximately 80 reserved spots for patients near the front of their building, on the south end of the Yellow Lot.

In addition, the League City Campus parking garage and skybridge are now open. A circulating shuttle serves all patients and visitors.

The new parking garage features an enclosed skybridge which connects the garage to the north side of the UTMB Health Clinics and League City Hospital. The most convenient parking spots are reserved for our patients and visitors; parking for patients and visitors continues to be free of charge (validation is required).

A SHUTTLE SERVICE is offered on the League City Campus, it is wheelchair-accessible and free. The shuttle runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and makes multiple stops at designated locations during a 10-12 minute loop of the garage, parking lots and hospital/clinic entrances. The shuttle serves patients, visitors and staff from both UTMB Health and MD Anderson. Look for the shuttle-stop signs.

Parking and Shuttle, League City Campus

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UTMB Health’s Surgery and Cancer Clinics

UTMB Health Surgery and Cancer Clinics are located on the second floor of the new MD Anderson Cancer Center building. This UTMB space within the MDACC facility features a 9,100-square-foot, multi-purpose clinic with 12 flex exam rooms, two treatment rooms and surgical oncology services.

When You arrive

  • If you are a UTMB patient arriving on the UTMB Health League City Campus for oncology care (including the UTMB Health Breast Health clinic), check in to the UTMB Health Surgery and Cancer Clinics on Floor 2 of the MD Anderson Building.
  • If you are on campus for a UTMB mammography, you'll be on the second floor of the UTMB's League City Campus Clinics. You can check in and get directions just inside UTMB's main clinic entrance.
  • MD Anderson patients should check in on Floor 1 of the MD Anderson building. The main entrance is on the south side of the building.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Information

First UT System clinical collaboration launches between MD Anderson, UTMB Health

New building, expanded services, cooperation to better serve patients

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center formally opened a five-story facility in League City that houses new and expanded cancer care services and a first-of-its-kind clinical collaboration with The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Supported by an initiative of The University of Texas System to spur collaboration, the partnership between the two UT health organizations will provide more convenient local access to specialized, multidisciplinary cancer diagnostics and care as well as routine check-ups, cancer screenings and survivor follow ups for residents in the growing region. Read more.