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MRMC Gets OK on Cancer Center
Wednesday, 24 March 2010

March 24--  A year-long effort to get state approval to open a radiation treatment center in Vidalia for cancer patients has finally paid off.

Meadows Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Alan Kent made the announcement Wednesday.

"Over a year ago, Meadows was awarded a Certificate of Need to build a radiation therapy center for cancer treatment.  We had cancer centers in Statesboro and Dublin that then appealed that decision.  We went through the appeals process and both parties ended up in court in Fulton and Bulloch counties.  We've now received notice that we've had our decision approved in both courts," he said.

Meadows already provides chemotherapy for people fighting cancer and Kent says this means patients who need radiation therapy will have a place closer to home to get treatment.

"This will be an incredible advantage.  Cancer treatments with radiation frequently involve 35 trips and if you have a 50-mile trip in one direction that's 100 miles a day.  So thats a total of 3,500 miles which is more than the distance from here to Seattle, Washington," he points out.

Kent says the cancer treatment facility will be built adjacent to the new Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia and will be jointly operated with a Jacksonville medical group which treats patients in Florida and other states.

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