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Groundbreaking for Vidalia Regional Cancer Center
Tuesday, 03 May 2011

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May 3--  The process to build a one-stop cancer treatment center in Vidalia started six years ago and came to fruition Tuesday afternoon under a grove of trees adjacent to the new Meadows Regional Medical Center on Highway 280 East in Vidalia.

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Manning the shovels (L-R) are Meadows Healthcare Alliance Board Chairman Mike Calhoun, Dr. Lloyd Darby, Oncologist Dr. Greg Franz, Meadows Board of Trustees Chairman Ronnie Stewart, Senator Tommie Williams, OnCure Board Chairman Dr. Shyam Paryani, Meadows CEO Alan Kent, OnCure CEO Duane Choate and Meadows VP for Development Howard Holman.

 Groundbreaking for the Meadows Regional Cancer Center 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.

Image (L-R) Dr. Greg Franz, Dr. Lloyd Darby with his suggested cancer treatment logo and his granddaughter Darby Thompson.

Work is expected to start on the new center within two months.  A local cancer patient, Dr. Lloyd Darby, says he wishes it had come sooner.  "What I like is that it's going to be here.  For my radiation, I had to make 47 trips to Statesboro, each for less than five minutes a treatment.  That adds up to about 5,000 miles and 47 afternoons gone.  The afternoons were worst than the miles," he said.

Meadows is partnering with OnCure Medical Corporation to build the new cancer center.  Its board chairman is also a professor at the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Shyam Paryani says the new facility is unique for a town the size of Vidalia.

"Basically, it will all be done under one roof.  It's very unique because usually the treatment is scattered like you have now.  This is the difference we are going to provide for this community.  Just as you now have a state-of-the-art hospital, we are going to have a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center to provide all the care you need right here," he said.

Kent says the multi-million dollar project should be completed within a year and will be equipped with cutting edge diagnostic and treatment technology.

 
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