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Cancer center ground broken

BY JIM HALL

THE FREE LANCE-STAR

The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is moving forward with construction of its new cancer center.

Ground was broken Friday on the 7,000-square-foot center, which will be located in the office building adjacent to the hospital. It is expected to open next spring.

The center will offer radiation therapy for cancer patients, using a linear accelerator and other advanced cancer-fighting equipment.

Its arrival means that Spotsylvania Regional will be able to offer cancer patients the three standard therapies: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

The center is a joint venture between the hospital’s parent company, HCA Virginia Health System, and the VCU Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. HCA will own 51 percent of the business.

“This facility and this partnership will support our mission to extend cancer care throughout Virginia,” said Dr. Gordon Ginder, director of VCU Massey.

The partnership is unique in that it includes two organizations, one public and the other private, that are competitors in the Richmond market.

“We’re proud to be associated with an organization that people admire,” said Tim Tobin, president and chief executive of Spotsylvania Regional. “Cancer survivors and family members talk about Massey’s compassionate doctors, the value of top-notch cancer care, and having that right in their own backyard.”

Specialists from VCU Massey, including a radiation oncologist, dosimetrist and medical physicist, will work at the center. Spotsylvania Regional will supply the clerical and nursing staff.

“We are committed to having people living in the community, working here and becoming part of the community,” said Dr. Mitchell Anscher, chairman of the department of radiation oncology at VCU Massey.

When the Spotsylvania center opens next year, local cancer patients will be able to choose from among five cancer centers for their radiation therapy. Other options include Mary Washington and Stafford hospitals, Culpeper Regional Hospital and the Mid-Rivers Cancer Center in Montross.

Jim Hall: 540/374-5433

jhall@freelancestar.com

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