The Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system recently dedicated a new $7 million cancer treatment center in Hazard, giving patients in the Kentucky River area local access to state-of-the-art equipment and advanced oncology services.
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell was on hand for the ceremony held earlier this month.
Designed by an architectural firm specializing in cancer centers, the ARH Cancer Center is a modern cancer treatment facility designed with patient comfort in mind. The center, located on the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center campus, includes a chemotherapy suite which overlooks a picturesque “Serenity Garden” and allows patients to receive treatment in comfortable Laz-EBoy recliner chairs while listening to music, watching movies or surfing the Internet on laptop computers.
In the lobby, patients and their family members are offered drinks and refreshments and can use computers located in the lobby’s Learning Center for entertainment or to research cancer or the treatments they will be receiving.
The center also offers patients convenient access to chemotherapy and radiation treatments under one roof as well as valet parking.
“We value the trust our patients instill in us and are continually looking for ways to make getting treatment at ARH as convenient and comfortable as possible,” said Hazard ARH Senior Community Chief Executive Officer Donnie Fields. “This new cancer center is a patient-centered project that will offer the best of care in a home-like location by caring and highly skilled board certified medical professionals with many years experience treating cancer.”
Some features and new equipment in the 10,000-square-foot cancer center include:
• A board certified radiation oncologist and a board certified medical oncologist-hematologist with a combined total of nearly 40 years experience treating all forms of cancer.
• A board certified radiation physicist, along with ARRT certified radiation therapists.
• The latest in treatment techniques from Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) to Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT).
• Varian Clinac iX Radiation Therapy Linear Accelerator, which delivers the most accurate radiation beams using imageguided radiation therapy to precisely target cancers and rotates around the patient to deliver treatment from almost any angle.
• State-of-the-art radiation therapy treatment planning system
• GE CT Therapy Simulator, custom-designed to replicate patient position and imaging as they will be treated on the linear accelerator.
“It is ARH’s vision to earn the confidence and trust of the diverse communities we serve by offering healthcare excellence, delivered with compassion in a timely manner – that is just what the residents of Perry and surrounding counties will receive at this cancer center,” said ARH President and CEO Jerry W. Haynes.
“We are proud to offer our residents this new cancer center which will offer patients access to the region’s most technologically advanced cancer treatment right here at home,” Haynes added.
The new cancer center is affiliated with the University of Kentucky HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center, which recently was heralded by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the U.S. for the treatment of cancer. As part of the UK Markey Cancer Center affiliate network, the ARH Cancer Center provides first-line cancer care in the community setting. The partnership also allows patients at network affiliate locations like the ARH Cancer Center to participate in clinical studies.
“Through the comprehensive, nationally accredited cancer program at Hazard ARH and this affiliation with UK, our patients will not need to leave the area to get nationally recognized, stateof the-art care,” said J.D. Miller, M.D, ARH vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer.