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MVH Announces Plans for Comprehensive Cancer Center

Expansion at south campus will enhance coordination of patient care, services

Dayton, OH (June 29, 2011) – Miami Valley Hospital announced plans today to build a $20 million comprehensive cancer center at its south campus.

The five-story, 87,000-square-foot facility will be located to the west of the medical office building that already exists on the Miami Valley Hospital South campus. The center will be built, managed and owned by MVH and will operate as a collaboration between MVH, Dayton Physicians Network and Radiation Oncology Services. The hospital expects to break ground on the center this September and have it ready for occupancy by January 2013.

Dayton Physicians Network is the largest multi-specialty practice in the Miami Valley that provides the full spectrum of cancer care for adult patients. Radiation Oncology is a joint venture between Dayton Physicians and Premier Health Partners. Both Dayton Physicians and Radiation Oncology currently serve cancer patients who come to MVH for care, but are treated at several different locations. The new cancer center will be an expansion of what MVH currently offers, but in one comfortable and easily accessible location.

“We are thrilled to be creating Dayton’s finest cancer facility. With the new technologies that we will be implementing and the improved interactions and communications amongst physicians working in a single facility, we expect to make Dayton a medical destination for healthcare consumers from around the region,” said Gregory Rasp, MD, president and medical director for Radiation Oncology Services. “Our goal is to attract the very best physicians to this facility so that we can provide the very best in cancer care.”

Nearly 35 physicians offering medical and radiation oncology will practice out of the new center. Those physicians will be able to coordinate patient care with increased ease and work closely together to facilitate and design more personalized treatment for those battling the disease. The center will also become a hub for other aspects of cancer care such as education on cancer prevention and counseling for cancer survivors who need medical and nutritional guidance for years to come.

MVH is taking a significant step forward by creating such a center as it positions its services for the market’s ever-increasing need for cancer care. The amount of people seeking oncology treatment is only expected to rise as the population ages and as cancer patients live longer with the help of ongoing therapy, said Charles Bane, MD, president of Dayton Physicians Network.

“At Dayton Physicians Network, we have a team approach to the development of all cancer treatment plans,” Dr. Bane said. “This facility will help us do that better as well as provide opportunities for continued cancer research.”

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages the center will provide is the elimination of the need for cancer patients to travel between several locations. Right now, patients who undergo cancer treatment at MVH have to visit multiple locations within the downtown Dayton hospital. This fragmented approach can often place a toll on patients who undergo eight to 10 weeks of daily treatment.

“At Miami Valley, we understand that healing goes beyond the treatment of a specific disease and is connected to providing an environment that positively affects the health of the patient as a whole,” said Bobbie Gerhart, president and chief executive officer at MVH. “This facility will help us build on our promise to deliver extraordinary care while providing patients with an unparalleled experience through innovative approaches in comfortable surroundings.”

MVH has hired Columbus-based Andrews Architects Inc. to design the building and HealthPlex, also out of Columbus, to manage the project. Dayton-based Danis Building Construction Co. has been hired as the project’s construction manager.