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VICC & Maury Regional Team Up for Radiation Oncology Spring Hill

June 21, 2013

By Dagny Stuart

Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) have joined forces to open a new radiation oncology treatment center for cancer patients in Spring Hill, Tenn. The radiation oncology facility, which has been named the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Maury Regional Spring Hill, is located at 1003 Reserve Boulevard near the intersection of Saturn Parkway and Port Royal, and is the latest addition to the new multi-story Maury Regional Spring Hill facility.

The radiation oncology center is expected to open for patients in July.

Maury Regional Medical Center

Maury Regional Medical Center

Operating as a joint venture between Vanderbilt Health Services and Maury Regional Medical Center, the new radiation oncology center will provide cancer treatment services closer to home for patients who live in the region. The center offers dedicated parking just outside the main entrance for the convenience of patients and their families.

The facility features design elements that provide a healing atmosphere for cancer patients who often need ongoing radiation therapy for weeks or even months. A special lighting system allows patients to choose a different wall color for each of their treatment sessions, which affords the patient a sense of control during their treatment. Patients also can bring their own MP3 players or select music provided through the built-in audio system. The design features allow patients to have a more personalized experience during their therapy session.

“Maury Regional is pleased to have radiation oncology services at our new facility in Spring Hill,” said Alan Watson, CEO of Maury Regional Medical Center. “Vanderbilt and Maury Regional share a commitment to clinical excellence and our collaborations have enabled us to broaden our services in this region. The medical center and our physicians are extremely pleased to join Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in this endeavor.”

“This collaboration with Maury Regional Medical Center provides both institutions the opportunity to bring leading-edge cancer therapies to more patients, marking the latest element in ongoing efforts to enable our patients to receive highly personalized care in a healing environment within the convenience of their own communities,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.

Professional physician staffing for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Maury Regional Spring Hill will be provided by both medical centers.

“Patients who choose to receive care in Spring Hill will have access to the latest high quality radiation oncology equipment and therapeutic techniques available to address a patient’s tumor without harming surrounding tissue,” said Arnold Malcolm, M.D., MBA, F.A.C.R., professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at VICC.

Maury Regional has consistently advanced cancer services in our region and will continue to do so through our work with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center,” said Michael Sattasiri, M.D., radiation oncologist at Maury Regional. “Our patients will benefit from a relationship with an organization nationally recognized for their advancements in research and availability of clinical trials. We look forward to working together to provide outstanding care for our patients.”

The new Maury Regional Spring Hill campus already offers physical therapy and in coming months an ambulatory surgery center, specialty clinic and pediatric clinic are scheduled to open.

VICC is one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Tennessee and 41 in the country. Its 300 faculty members generate more than $140 million in annual federal research funding, ranking it among the top 10 centers in the country in competitive grant support, and its clinical program sees approximately 6,000 new cancer patients each year. VICC is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a non-profit alliance of 23 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving cancer care for patients everywhere.

Maury Regional Medical Center is a 275-bed facility that serves more than 260,000 people in southern Middle Tennessee and has a medical staff of more than 200 physicians. From a comprehensive interventional and surgical heart program to a neonatal intensive care and cancer center, the medical center offers a wide range of advanced services. The medical center was recognized in 2013 as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics and as one of the nation’s top health systems in 2011 and 2012. Maury Regional serves as the flagship for a group of facilities including Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg, Wayne Medical Center in Waynesboro, Lewis Health Center in Hohenwald, and Maury Regional Spring Hill and Spring Hill Health Center in Spring Hill.