Hamilton Medical Center Announces Plans for Comprehensive Cancer Institute

    In one of the most significant initiatives in its 95-year history, Hamilton Medical Center announces plans to build a $30 million comprehensive community cancer institute to bring the most advanced technology and cancer services to the region. The Boards of Trustees of Hamilton Medical Center and Hamilton Health Care System recently approved plans to develop the Hamilton Cancer Institute in Dalton to serve the residents of northwest Georgia.

    Announcing plans for construction of the center were Jeff Myers, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Care System, along with Gary Howard, Senior Vice President and CFO and Scott Sellers, Whitfield Healthcare Foundation Board Chairman.

    The Institute will integrate cancer care services currently located across the Hamilton campus into a single multidisciplinary facility. The leading-edge three level 37,800 square foot Institute will offer patients expert care with state- of-the-art technologies, easily navigated services, and collaborative oncology and emotional support, in a healing, patient-centered environment. The Institute, designed by architects ESa of Nashville, Tennessee, will be located on the south side of Memorial Drive across from the main hospital entrance. Total project costs are estimated at $30 million, with approval from the state of Georgia anticipated in March of this year. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2016.

    Jeff Myers, President and CEO, states: “This advancement in cancer care for our region is happening at a pivotal moment, as Hamilton’s commitment to offer best-in-class services converges with rapidly evolving developments in cancer treatment. Construction of this Institute will set the stage to offer life- changing care to patients in our community and region.”

    Hamilton Trustees have taken a bold step in allocating nearly $30 million in capital to develop a comprehensive community Cancer Institute. We are in a unique position to create from the ground up a center that draws on the latest advancements and best practices, and fully meets the needs of our patients, their families and our community. We are engaged in thoughtful planning and research with local medical leadership, nationally recognized oncology consultants, and patients, as we implement a comprehensive plan,” states Gary Howard, Senior Vice President and CFO.

    Dr. William McKay, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Hamilton affirms: “I am very excited to be a part of the planning process for this new cancer Institute. The needs of the patient will be at the very center of our efforts. Bringing together a team of specialists under one roof will allow for cohesive and seamless care of each patient. For the past 25 years, our treatment outcomes have been exceptional and far better than the national average. Many people don’t realize that our local control and cure rates are as good as any major cancer center in the country.”

    Dr. Hasam Naguib and Dr. Monica Verma, medical oncologists at Dalton’s Northwest Georgia Hematology and Oncology practice, state: “We believe that the new cancer Institute will bring state-of-the-art services for the comprehensive care of cancer patients for this region, and we look forward to working with Hamilton on its development.”

    To help support development of the Institute, the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation is launching a campaign to raise funds for the project. “The Whitfield Healthcare Foundation is honored to support this project on behalf of our community. Cancer has touched all of us, whether as a caregiver, family member, friend or survivor. We have nearly 11,000 patients living with cancer in Whitfield and Murray counties alone, and this past year, nearly 1,300 new cancer cases were identified at Hamilton. The Foundation has set an ambitious financial goal to raise $8 million in new gifts to support Hamilton. This campaign will provide the means to strengthen and elevate services for patients and families across the entire region,” states Whitfield Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Jane Snipes.

    Foundation Chairman Scott Sellers relates, “Our community holds the key to making this vision a reality. We hope that individuals, businesses and foundations will join our efforts to advance cancer services. The Foundation is committed to supporting projects that better our community, and as we ask for the community’s financial support, we dedicate ourselves to being excellent stewards of our community’s gifts. Together with other Foundation Trustees, I am deeply committed to this campaign and the role it will play in realizing our vision for excellence in healthcare.”

    For more information on how you can support the Hamilton Cancer Institute, please contact the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, 706-272-6128 or visit www.hamiltonhealth.com/Foundation.

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    HCI rendering
    Architectural rendering of the proposed Hamilton Cancer Institute featuring:
    • Welcoming environment with outdoor healing garden and soft surroundings.
    
 • Collaborative care focused on treatment of the whole patient.
    
 • Screening and diagnostic services with enhanced radiation and infusion 
therapies, offering the most advanced technology in the nation.