Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Rocky Mountain Cancer Center will create a comprehensive oncology center for both inpatient and outpatient services.

Under the agreement, the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center will focus on medical oncology, while Penrose will perform radiation oncology services. The new center will be up and running by early 2011.

Details of the partnership will be worked out now that the letter of intent has been signed.

The agreement will create new resources that might not currently be available to patients, said Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose.