Dr. and Mrs. Yagnesh Oza have generously donated 51% of their oncology practice to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center reaffirming their commitment to comprehensive cancer care in Southern Illinois. It is a practice they have built together over a period of three decades, always with the utmost focus on quality, compassion, and respect.
Thanks to this generous donation, the Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center are now full partners. In this new arrangement, Dr. Oza will continue to care for patients with his long-standing philosophy of providing exceptional care while working closely with the hospital team to expand oncology services and recruit talented new oncologists to the region.
Dr. and Mrs. Oza came to Mt. Vernon in 1982 and began building their oncology practice, which has served thousands of patients across the Southern Illinois region. In 2006, the practice grew large enough to expand to its existing location on the campus of Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, where it became known as the Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care. This established a partnership with Good Samaritan and brought radiation oncology to the new facility.
“Mt. Vernon is my home,” said Dr. Oza. “It is the community where my wife and I have lived for over three decades and raised our children. We love this community, and we feel an obligation to make sure it is well served long into the future.”
Oza continues, “I consider Mike Warren and his team at Good Samaritan to be excellent partners and supporters. As my wife and I reflected on a long-term partner to carry on the work we’ve begun, Good Samaritan was the natural choice.”
Mike Warren, President of Good Samaritan Regional Health Center added, “Dr. Oza and I are not only business colleagues, we are friends and family. Ours is the kind of friendship that grows over time and is built on mutual trust and respect. If you know Dr. and Mrs. Oza well, then you also know they have a long history of generosity in our community. Their actions certainly reflect this spirit of generosity. All of us at Good Samaritan are exceptionally proud to partner with them and carry on their legacy for the generations to come.”
“Our children and I are so proud that Dr. Oza has realized his long-time dream of giving back to the community that has given us so much,” said Mrs. Oza. “Donating more than half of the practice to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center ensures that our family tradition of serving the underprivileged and underserved will continue long after we are gone.”
The Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care offers a complete range of services in one, convenient location. The facility includes state-of-the-art radiation therapy, chemotherapy, laboratory services, imaging technology, social services, nutrition therapy, a spacious education and resource library, and a clinical research nurse.
“Dr. Oza and the team at the Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care have provided truly exceptional care to patients throughout Southern Illinois for more than 30 years. We are grateful to he and his wife for making this donation to ensure their healing legacy continues,” said William P. Thompson, President and CEO of SSM Health.
Dr. Oza provides cutting edge treatments for his patients, including participation in clinical trials. Most recently, two patients were accepted into a clinical trial that resulted in a change to the standard care of hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. The results of this trial represented a giant step in the advancement of cancer care and prolonged survival for patients with hormone sensitive prostate cancer.
“I’ve dedicated my life to providing – not only quality care – but compassionate care,” said Dr. Oza. “Southern Illinois is a close-knit area filled with caring people. My patients are neighbors. They are friends. In many ways, they become extended members of my family. And our donation to Good Samaritan will help ensure the same mission-based care we have always provided within our walls will carry-on long into the future.”