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Radiation Equipment Arrives in Vidalia
Tuesday, 19 February 2013

February 19--  If you need radiation treatments for cancer, you won't have to wait much longer to get them done in Vidalia.

A $1.7 million linear accelerator has arrived at Meadows Regional Medical Center and is expected to be installed, tested and ready to treat cancer patients by May 1, according to Meadows CEO Alan Kent.

"The linear accelerator is the heart of a radiation treatment center for cancer.  This is the device that emits radiation in highly controlled doses to affect tumors that patients have in certain types of cancer," he said.

The new Meadows accelerator is the only one of its kind in Georgia.

"Medical technology changes so rapidly that when you buy the newest one you have an opportunity to leapfrog the technology.  This just adds to our ability here to offer truly state of the art diagnosis and treatment," he adds.

The new radiation center will complement the already existing chemotherapy treatment available at Meadows.  Kent notes that means local patients can get complete cancer treatment in Vidalia and no longer face multiple trips out of town for treatment.

The delivery of the accelerator signals a new era for cancer patients, according to Meadows CEO Alan Kent. “We think the most exciting part of this is that it continues our mission of providing extraordinarily high quality medicine right here in our community so people don't have to travel," Kent said.

ImageMeadows has partnered with Florida Radiation Oncology Group (FROG) to build Phase One of the cancer center situated on Highway 280, adjacent to the hospital. Last week Meadows announced the addition of Henry Cline, M.D., Radiation Oncologist coming from Northside Hospital in Atlanta, starting April 1.

Medical Oncology services will continue to be offered on the hospital’s main campus until phase two of the Cancer Center construction project is complete.   

ImageAccording to Patrick Byrne, M.D., Medical Oncologist for Meadows Regional Cancer Center, “Our mission in oncology treatment and care is to give our patients and their families not just good cancer care, but the best."

ImageIn an effort to better serve this community a second Medical Oncologist, Stephen Tiley, D.O. will be joining Dr. Byrne at the Medical Oncology Center on August 1.

“We have been fighting to provide this region with radiation since 2004. Last week was a historical moment for the people of this area. We now can provide this community with three highly skilled oncologists and the technology match,” said Senior Vice President, Howard Holman.




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