Care, Interrupted: More Bad News for the Nevada Cancer Institute

The UC San Diego Health System is running out of options to offload an asset it no longer wants, raising more questions for patients of the Nevada Cancer Institute hoping for continued care.

UCSD bought most of the bankrupt institute’s assets a year ago, but seemingly hasn’t been able to make a go of the business. It said in November it did not plan to close the institute, but intended to collaborate with “premier local oncology practices to offer a broader spectrum of diagnostic and treatment options.”

But such good intentions may only pave the road to closure. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada just announced that it has ended its negotiations with UCSD, blaming Universal Health Services’ refusal to grant an exception to the Summerlin rule that the cancer institute’s property can only be used for a nonprofit facility.

The for-profit Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada was hoping to lease 43,000 square feet of space and equipment in the Nevada Cancer Institute’s main building and keep many of its physicians and staff employed.

“The inability to satisfactorily amend the restricted covenant will end CCCN’s plans to provide patient care at the flagship building,” the announcement said, adding that the company was disappointed about the impasse.

Left up in the air is the “seamless care” that UCSD had previously assured its patients would receive.

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