St. Elizabeth Advancing Cancer Center with New Center for Precision Medicine and Genomic Health Friday July 6, 2018 Edgewood, KY – St. Elizabeth Healthcare launched a cutting-edge precision medicine program and announced a key leadership role for the St. Elizabeth Center for Precision Medicine and Genomic Health. St. Elizabeth has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to genetics, establishing a genetic counseling program in 1999 and hereditary cancer risk testing program in 2003. To date, there have been more than 15,000 genetic visits to St. Elizabeth. The St. Elizabeth Center for Precision Medicine and Genomic Health takes the commitment to genetics and precision medicine to a new, exciting level of care for patients. Dr. Brooke Phillips, a physician in Hematology/Oncology at St. Elizabeth, will be leading this new program as Medical Director, bringing her expertise and vision to this paradigm-shift in cancer care. “Precision medicine is a powerful approach to healthcare,” says Dr. Phillips. “At the St. Elizabeth Center for Precision Medicine and Genomic Health, we can use data from a patient’s DNA to tailor treatments specifically for them. Instead of a one-treatment-fits-all approach, we can select the most effective medication and treatment for each patient and as a result, oftentimes can improve outcomes.” Precision medicine can benefit many patients, including those with cancer. Studies are ongoing with many treatment options, but early evidence is showing promising results with molecular marker treatments in the oncology field. “More than 75% of cancer treatments currently in development have a molecular marker to guide their use,” says Jaime Grund, a certified Genetic Counselor at St. Elizabeth. “Precision medicine is the forefront of cancer care. We are thrilled to be offering this innovative approach to care to our patients in the Tri-State area.” The St. Elizabeth Center for Precision Medicine and Genomic Health changes the way St. Elizabeth will care for patients moving forward. Highlights include: Four licensed genetic counselors Clinical research on targeted therapies Pharmacogenomics Integrated care with the St. Elizabeth Cancer Care Program, certified by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 2010. Patients interested in learning more about precision medicine can schedule an appointment with a licensed genetic counselor at the St. Elizabeth Center for Precision Medicine and Genomic Health. Call (859) 301-5396 for more information.