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DANSVILLE – Noyes Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday that they are officially collaborating with the University of Rochester (UR) and several other keystone regional medical facilities to create a regional cancer center in Livingston County which will serve a multitude of communities across Western New York, using a generous gift from Springwater family Ann and Carl Myers to kickstart operations.
According to a press release from UR, a strengthened alliance between Noyes Health, UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, Jones Memorial Hospital, and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology in Hornell will develop a regional cancer center based in Dansville and with services in Wellsville, largely by renovating and expanding on existing structures on the Noyes campus and moving in some of the most advanced cancer treatment equipment available.
“My wife Ann and I are grateful to be in a position to do this, and we think this cancer center will be good for anyone who lives in this area,” said Carl Myers. “Whether you need to be treated for cancer or not, this will attract quality medical professionals to our community, and that will benefit everyone.”
Representatives from the allied hospitals say the gift from the Myers will be used to help construct the new facility and fund the establishment of care programs. In recognition of the family’s gift, the center will be named the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. The Myers Cancer Center will be located on the campus of Noyes Hospital and serve patients in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western New York.
The regional cancer center will allow the organizations to address the needs of an area with a high incidence of cancers and provide patients more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care.
Plans for the cancer center and UR Medicine’s regional cancer services in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier include a 4,500-square-foot, lower-level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic at Noyes Health in Dansville; a 2,300-square-foot medical oncology clinic in renovated and new first-floor space at Noyes, featuring three exam rooms and five chemotherapy/infusion bays; a medical oncology center that will be established at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, allowing patients to receive follow-up care and consultations closer to home; UR Medicine’s recently purchased radiation oncology practice in Hornell, which complements a medical oncology practice co-located in the same building.
The Myers Cancer Center will help alleviate the strain of traveling an hour or more for care.
“Noyes Health is excited to partner with Wilmot Cancer Institute and Jones Memorial Hospital to bring a comprehensive cancer program to the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier,” said Amy Pollard, president and CEO of Noyes Health System. “This collaboration will expand access to medical oncology and radiation services, as well as support the mission of all of our organizations to improve the health of individuals in a compassionate and caring environment. I would like to thank Ann and Carl Myers for taking the philanthropic lead on this important project and for their history of support of Noyes Health.”
The project has an estimated cost of $10.4 million. UR Medicine, Noyes and Jones have agreed to contribute $1 million in assets to the cancer center project. In addition to the $2 million gift from the Myers family, these three hospitals will continue to encourage donors in their communities to support this effort to provide state-of-the-art care locally, alleviating patients’ and families’ stress of commuting an hour or more.
“Not only will these facilities be more convenient for patients and their families, but they will also serve older patients and those who are not physically able to handle a long daily commute well,” said Yuhchyau Chen, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Richard T. Bell Endowed Professor.
The regional cancer center in Dansville will also provide patients with access to services including advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. Physicians at the cancer center and the medical oncology clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital will have access to UR Medicine’s region-wide electronic medical record system and regular consultations with multidisciplinary teams focused on cancer.
The new medical oncology services in Wellsville will be available in the fall of 2015. Construction on the campus of Noyes Health is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
“This collaboration demonstrates a commitment to providing high-quality health care services in our region and to finding innovative ways to ensure those services are accessible no matter where patients live,” said Mark B. Taubman, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Endeavors like this are essential to improving the health of our communities as the nation’s health care system continues to evolve, and we are proud to work together with Noyes, Jones and St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell to meet the needs of this region.”
PHOTO CAPTION: The planned Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. (Photo/University of Rochester)