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State Supports Vidalia Cancer Center
Sunday, 16 August 2009

August 16--  A state hearing officer has upheld a certificate of need for Meadows Regional Medical Center to open a radiation therapy center for cancer patients in a ten-county area around Vidalia.

"We are highly excited about this because this means for the first time ever, patients can get comprehensive cancer care in our very own community.  People who now have to drive to Dublin or Statesboro or even further away to get radiation thearpy will be able to get that right at home," says Meadows CEO Alan Kent.

Radiaton centers in Dublin and Statesboro appealed a decision last November by the Georgia Department of Community Health which approved Meadows' request.  Even though they can still file two more appeals, Kent is optimistic Meadows will prevail and the Vidalia Regional Cancer Center will be open for business in 2010.

"I think we will see this open about the time our new hospital opens, if not earlier," he says.

Plans are to build the new radiation therapy center on the grounds of the new hospital at a cost of nearly $4 million.  Meadows partner in the project is OnCure Medical Corporation of Jacksonville.

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