Community Leaders Celebrate Cancer Center’s 20th Anniversary

LewisGale Regional Cancer Center at Pulaski celebrated its 20th anniversary recently with an open house and tours of the Center attended by local leaders and community members.

The celebration, with the theme “Conquering Cancer. One Patient at a Time.” helped commemorate the Center’s service to patients from throughout southwest Virginia and beyond as the only comprehensive cancer center in the New River Valley. Its opening in 1997 bridged the 140-mile cancer treatment gap between Bristol and Roanoke.

“When we opened our doors, our team had a vision to bring high-quality cancer care to this community and to eliminate the need for patients to travel an hour or more for treatment,” Sean Pressman, Chief Executive Officer of LewisGale Hospital Pulaski said. “Thanks to the continued support of our New River Valley community, today’s Cancer Center is a world-class program utilizing state-of-the-art technology to provide radiation therapy and chemotherapy as a truly comprehensive cancer care facility.”

“In the past 20 years we have served over 9,200 patients with the goal of treating each one as if they are our only one,” said Robin Thompson, Director of the LewisGale Regional Cancer Center. “This personal touch is what makes the team’s approach so special, and is the greatest factor in the Center’s long-term success.”

A $4.2 million project to install a TrueBeam linear accelerator for cancer treatment is planned for 2018 and demonstrates LewisGale’s and parent company HCA’s ongoing commitment to the more than 500 cancer patients cared for annually and a continued commitment to the community and service area.

“As the sixth largest oncology program in all of HCA, I see our growth continuing in 2018 and beyond as we seek to serve patients well beyond the county line, and even outside the New River Valley,” Pressman added.

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