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Spotsylvania Regional celebrates the cermonial start of its cancer center

Taking part in today’s groundbreaking for the cancer center at Spotsylvania Regional were, from left, Dr. Sudeep Menachery, Dr. Gordon Ginder, Dr. Mitchell Anscher, John Duval, Margaret Lewis and Tim Tobin.

The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center broke ground this afternoon for its new cancer center.

The 7,000-square-foot center will be located in the office building adjacent to the hospital and is expected to open next spring.

The center will have a linear accelerator and other equipment to offer radiation therapy for cancer patients.  Its arrival means that Spotsylvania Regional will now be able to offer patients the three standard cancer 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.

An artist’s rendering of the new cancer center.

The partnership is unique in that includes two organizations, one public and the other private, who 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 back yard.”

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.