GE Healthcare and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) recently announced a plan to develop cancer centers abroad in Europe and the Middle East. 

The agreement brings together UPMC’s knowledge in developing and operating oncology centers that are close to patients’ homes and GE’s presence as a global provider of medical equipment.

Considering the availability of a suitable local partner, regulatory requirements and patient volume, GE will evaluate which markets are most appropriate for cancer centers. Once a market is identified, UPMC will negotiate definitive agreements and take responsibility with local partners for the construction, ownership and operation of the centers.

The facilities are expected to be comprehensive cancer centers that include medical and surgical oncology, radiation, and ancillary radiology and laboratory services.

UPMC operates one of the largest cancer programs in the U.S., serving 30,000 newly diagnosed patients annually through more than 40 centers in western Pennsylvania. It also manages two cancer centers in Ireland.