Centerpoint Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—today announced plans to open a new Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centerpoint Medical Center in Summer 2016. The first of its kind in Independence, the state-of-the-art comprehensive center will integrate cancer diagnosis and treatment services under one roof, bringing together medical oncology, radiation oncology, chemotherapy and immunotherapy, genetic counseling, specialized oncology patient navigators, sub-specialty oncology, and access to clinical trials not found elsewhere in the region. Additional support services will include oncology programs and resources to assist patients and their families through the many facets of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare. In 2014, HCA Midwest Health partnered with internationally recognized Sarah Cannon Cancer Network, to bring the most advanced cancer care available to the Kansas City community.
“Centerpoint Medical Center is proud to provide unprecedented access to our uniquely compassionate, patient-centered care model,” says David Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Centerpoint Medical Center. “Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centerpoint is an important milestone in our strategic initiative to not only invest in the community’s well-being, but to ensure leading-edge cancer care is available to residents of Jackson County and beyond. With more people than ever impacted by cancer, both patients and their families will benefit from receiving high-quality treatment and services close to home, offering hope in a warm and comforting environment that eases anxiety and promotes healing.”
The new Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centerpoint will offer cancer care that has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) and extensive access to clinical trials through Sarah Cannon Research Institute—one of the world’s largest drug development and clinical research organizations. In addition, Sarah Cannon at Centerpoint will feature an interdisciplinary team of medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgeons who are part of The Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest Health cancer network, a regional network of medical leaders. Advanced technology, including the daVinci® surgical robot, breast MRI, digital breast tomosynthesis 3-D imaging system, and surgical oncology services will be available through Centerpoint Medical Center.
Independence Mayor Eileen Weir notes the collaborative role Centerpoint Medical Center has played in helping the city move forward. “Centerpoint is foundational to our community history and instrumental in the success of our economic drivers such as the Independence Events Center,” Weir says. “Now, Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centerpoint will contribute to the community’s continued positive growth, representing a groundbreaking opportunity for world-class cancer care at our doorstep. Centerpoint Medical Center has a commitment to innovation and the highest standards of quality and compassionate care and we are grateful to have this quality leader in our community.”
“Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centerpoint will provide patients not only with a state-of-the-art center, specifically designed with the patient in mind, but also medical expertise from the area’s largest network of cancer specialists and innovative treatment options, including the ability to enroll in early phase clinical trials not found anywhere in the region,” says Robert L. Talley, M.D., Oncologist, Centerpoint Medical Center.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centerpoint will include three Board-certified medical oncologists with expertise to treat all types of cancer, 18 private and semi-private infusion bays, a team of radiation oncologists, physicists, radiation specialists (dosmetrists), nurses, and therapists, linear accelerator technology (LINAC) to provide highly accurate and precise tumor-specific radiotherapy, and much more.
For more information on Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centerpoint and Centerpoint Medical Center, visit centerpointmedical.com.