NEWS | April 8, 2019

UC Davis Health and Adventist Health partner to bring cancer care to Chico and patients affected by the Camp Fire

New clinic expands partnership to improve rural health care in Northern California

(CHICO, Calif.)

UC Davis Health and Adventist Health will help even more Northern California patients receive high-quality health care closer to home by opening a joint cancer care center in Chico on April 9. The new center will provide access for patients who lost their care location when Adventist Health Feather River Cancer Center in Paradise was forced to close after the Camp Fire. 

The two health care systems will celebrate the new cancer care center with the Chico community at a ribbon-cutting event starting at 4 p.m. on April 9th, and it will include music, hors d'oeuvres and tours of the new center, with doors closing at 5:30 p.m. 

Cancer Care comes to Chico

The Camp Fire killed 86 people in and around Paradise and destroyed more than 18,000 structures, including parts of Adventist Health Feather River Hospital. Since the fire erupted on Nov. 8, 2018, 120 cancer patients have been traveling 46 miles each way down Highway 70 for chemotherapy treatment at Adventist Health Rideout Cancer Center in Marysville.  

Now, Butte County cancer patients have access to medical oncology services at a new Adventist Health Cancer Care Center in North Chico, in leased building space at 95 Declaration Drive. The oncology team, led by oncologist Sam Mazj, will add chemotherapy infusion services in the next few months. 

“As cancer care physicians we know all about resilience, and we are excited to continue partnering with our patients on their cancer journey,” says Mazj. “We also look forward to sharing the benefits of this affiliation with UC Davis Health. Patients can expect personalized care and multi-disciplinary treatment planning from their first diagnostic appointment through survivor milestones.” 

The Adventist Health Rideout Cancer Center in Marysville already is a UC Davis Health cancer care partner, one of several centers bringing UC Davis Health’s nation-leading cancer expertise into rural communities around Northern California through the UC Davis Cancer Care Network. 

“The Cancer Care Network was created to provide access to clinical trials and treatment expertise to communities throughout inland Northern California,” says Primo Lara, a medical oncologist and director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We look forward to an expanded partnership with Adventist Health to keep world-class cancer care close to home for the Butte County community.”

Through the partnership, Adventist Health providers and patients will have access to UC Davis’ clinical trials and their cases will be discussed during virtual tumor board meetings with oncologists, pathologists, surgeons and other cancer experts, thus allowing patients to receive the benefits of both teams working together. 

“Adventist Health is committed to Butte County for the long term and opening this cancer center is an important step as we expand services,” says Rick Rawson, president of Adventist Health and Rideout Medical Center. “With the support of one another and this exciting affiliation with UC Davis, we’re building on the foundation of Adventist Health’s legacy in serving Butte County.” 

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is Northern California’s only cancer center outside of the Bay Area with a comprehensive designation from the National Cancer Institute – one of only 69 in the U.S. This important distinction means every patient’s care is supported by UC Davis research in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, innovative imaging and other technologies, and its impact in reducing disease disparities in the larger community and the incidence of cancer locally and globally. 

“UC Davis Health has a unique role to play – not competing, but completing the patient care services available across the 33 counties we serve,” said David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health.  “In addition to expanding cancer care services in Chico to fill a hole in care left by the Camp Fire aftermath, we are connecting our critical care providers and specialists across the region to bring a higher level of specialty care into these communities every day.  This is part of our mission to increase people’s access to care, reduce disparities in care, and expand cancer care in rural communities across California – in the much same way we’ve been increasing patients’ access to primary and specialty care in Sacramento’s urban areas.” 

About Adventist Health

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,900 includes more than 23,600 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,350 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 22 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Visit for more information. 

About UC Davis Health

UC Davis Health is improving lives and transforming health care by providing nation-leading excellence in patient care, conducting groundbreaking health care research, fostering innovative, inter-professional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. For more information, visit