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MVH Breaks Ground for Comprehensive Cancer Center

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

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Dayton, OH (September30, 2011) – Miami Valley Hospital broke ground Friday, September 30 for 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 cancer center is expected to be ready for occupancy in 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.

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 hospital says that the number of patients who will need oncology treatment is only expected to grow as the population ages and as cancer patients live longer with the help of ongoing therapy. According to the LiveStrong website, globally 1 in 6 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

One of the biggest advantages of the new center says Bobbie Gerhart, president and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital, will be 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,” adds Gerhart. “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 HPlex, also out of Columbus, to manage the project. Dayton-based Danis Building Construction Company has been hired as the project’s construction manager.