Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Cancer Services Specialty Center
Blue Ridge Cancer Care and LewisGale Regional Health System team up to expand patient services in Southwest Virginia
Blacksburg, Virginia (June 18, 2012) – Blue Ridge Cancer Care and LewisGale Regional Health System are collaborating to offer a new, convenient location for cancer patient services and other complementary specialty services to patients. Site work on the 13,000-square-foot facility is set to begin later this month with construction starting in November. To celebrate, officials from LewisGale Regional Health System, Blue Ridge Cancer Care, Montgomery County and the project’s developer, Snyder & Associates, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony today at the site of the future facility.
“This new collaboration is just one more example of our commitment to bring new services to Southwest Virginia and ensure access to specialized care,” stated Victor Giovanetti, president, LewisGale Regional Health System. “We are committed to making healthcare more accessible and convenient for patients throughout the region and in the New River Valley.”
“Our new cancer center will continue to offer patients throughout Southwest Virginia continued state-of-the-art care and access to cutting-edge research, all in a setting close to home,” said Harry McCoy, M.D., medical oncologist, Blue Ridge Cancer Care. “We are focused on providing our patients with top of the line treatment options in a compassionate and caring environment. With a growing research and clinical trials program, this facility will enable us to treat more patients in need of these services. My colleagues, our nurses and staff look forward to continuing our long-standing commitment to our community in this new location.”
Blue Ridge Cancer Care will relocate its Market Street practice to the new facility. The 13,000-square-foot clinic will be double the size of the current site and include 20 chemotherapy infusion bays, community facilities for support groups and events, and a state-of-the-art pharmacy for onsite chemotherapy admixture. Other services will include research, clinical trials, a full service laboratory and benefit specialists to assist patients.
"Blue Ridge Cancer Care is committed to providing patients with the high-quality care that they need and deserve,” said Greg Cain, executive director, Blue Ridge Cancer Care. “With the growing demand for our services, this new facility offers patients throughout Southwest Virginia access to BRCC's array of oncology and hematology services, coupled with services from LewisGale Regional Health System, all in one convenient location."
The new facility will also house LewisGale Blacksburg Specialty Center. The 1,000-square-foot center will offer complementary cancer services including genetic counseling, gynecologic oncology, mental health support and surgical care.
“Our goal is to offer services that provide cancer patients with a more complete spectrum of care to better meet their healthcare needs,” said Scott Hill, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.
The specialty center is expected to open December of 2013.
About LewisGale Blacksburg Specialty Center LewisGale Blacksburg Specialty Center will offer complementary cancer care services. The center is part of LewisGale Regional Health System which includes 38 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 135 employed providers and 550 independent physicians. With 3,100 employees, its annual payroll is $220.7 million. The system also paid $35 million in taxes and provided more than $96 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2011 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with more than 13,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.
About Blue Ridge Cancer Care Blue Ridge Cancer Care (BRCC) is an independent private practice of 17 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and blood disorders. BRCC’s nine convenient locations throughout the southwest region of Virginia provide comprehensive and cutting-edge cancer care closer to where patients live. BRCC provides a number of services and treatments including medical oncology, radiation oncology, hematology, genetic risk assessment and clinical research. BRCC physicians have trained at prestigious medical schools and have developed a model for care that maximizes patient and family convenience. BRCC’s team provides the optimal physician and emotional support for cancer patients and their caregivers, realizing that each cancer diagnosis is different and each treatment plan should be too.
Blue Ridge Cancer Care is united in healing with The US Oncology Network, one of the nation’s largest community-based cancer treatment and research networks focused on advancing cancer care in America. As an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, BRCC is united with approximately 1,000 physicians and 10,000 cancer professionals nationwide. Blue Ridge Cancer Care participates in clinical trials through US Oncology Research, which has helped to develop 43 FDA approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit www.usoncology.com.