Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica has announced the renewal of its longstanding affiliation with the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Saint John’s is a 317-bed, not-for-profit, acute-care hospital serving Santa Monica and neighboring communities.

Under what is described as a permanent alliance between the two organizations, the programs of both facilities will be expanded through the development of new clinical and research disciplines and the construction of a new facility at Saint John’s for the scientists and clinicians of the John Wayne Cancer Institute.

Establishment of the permanent alliance was accomplished largely through the leadership of Saint John’s board chairman Carl McKinzie and John Wayne board chairman Patrick Wayne, said Saint John’s president and CEO Lou Lazatin.

Under the permanent affiliation, Lazatin will serve as president and CEO of both organizations, and each will retain its own independent nonprofit status for fundraising and operational purposes.

Armando E. Guiliano, M.D., chief of science and medicine for the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s, will provide leadership for the institute’s clinical and translational cancer research.

Donald L. Morton, M.D. will direct the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program while continuing his melanoma research programs.

In announcing the renewal, Lazatin said she is working with the fundraising teams of both the Health Center and the John Wayne Institute to develop a joint strategic initiative for advancing cancer research and clinical programs, building premier facilities and acquiring additional cutting-edge technologies to support the institute’s world-class scientists, physicians and staff.

“We are excited and energized by these challenges and look forward to building upon the extraordinary national reputation of (John Wayne Cancer Institute) in the field of cancer research and treatment,” Lazatin said.