City of Hope is a not-for profit organization that provides care and support to patients with life-threatening diseases such as cancer, diabetes, HIV, and neurodegenerative disorders. The organization administers patient care through its Helford Clinical Research Hospital which has some 145 beds and its Village Hospice facility which includes 40 units. City of Hope has been designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer hospital. The health care provider also operates blood collection, outpatient care, and women's health centers, and it conducts biomedical research at its care centers and at the Beckman Research Institute. City of Hope was founded in 1913.
A key function of the City of Hope organization is performing research in order to offer patients emerging therapies that may not be available elsewhere. Because it is an independent medical and research institution, the organization's physicians and scientists are able to work closely to bring potential treatments to patients quickly. City of Hope conducts its own clinical trials on new biomedical therapies, including the manufacture of its own trial drug samples, and its research programs garner support from government, commercial, and philanthropic partners. About half of Helford Hospital's patients are enrolled in clinical trials.
City of Hope also operates several educational facilities including the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences and the Eugene and Ruth Summer Student Academy, as well as continuing education and post-doctoral training centers. The health care provider also offers fellowships and residencies in a spectrum of areas including cancer genetics, bone marrow transplantation, surgical oncology, and molecular epidemiology. – less