Little Rock Doctor Staying, but Stretching

Little Rock Doctor Staying, but Stretching
Dr. Peter Emanuel, chief of oncology at CHI St. Vincent (CHI St. Vincent)

Rest easy, patients of Dr. Peter Emanuel. Whatever you’ve heard, your oncologist isn’t leaving you behind.

Emanuel, chief of oncology at CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock, does have some career news, but he’ll still be practicing 50% of the time at St. Vincent in a new role that was expected to be announced Friday, after Whispers’ press time.

The former director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will be system vice president of oncology for the CommonSpirit Health System, which may not be a familiar name but has been around since the 2019 merger of CHI and Dignity Health of San Francisco.

Here’s a refresher: As many Arkansans know, St. Vincent in Little Rock is formally CHI St. Vincent Infirmary. The CHI signifies Catholic Health Initiatives, a major Roman Catholic health system based in Englewood, Colorado. When CHI merged with Dignity, another big Catholic system, the merged $29 billion entity was renamed CommonSpirit, the largest nonprofit health system in the nation and second only to HCA Health-care of Nashville, Tennessee, overall.

CommonSpirit kept local names on its 140 hospitals in 21 states, and has chosen Emanuel to be physician lead as CommonSpirit launches its first nationwide Oncology Clinical Institute.

Emanuel will spend the other half of his time with national administrative duties as the institute’s system VP.

The new institute is expected to assemble cancer expertise from more than 100 cancer programs nationwide, aiming for an “evidence-based transformation of cancer care.” Goals include enhancing care standards, improving benchmark results and descriptive analytics, and creating cancer-fighting partnerships for CommonSpirit Health.

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