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University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center to Expand at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

CHARDON, OH - University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center is expanding its capabilities for providing integrated cancer care to residents in and around Geauga County with a new addition to the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

A $5.5 million construction project, to begin in December 2011, will result in a 4,600-square-foot addition to UH Geauga Medical Center. The new building addition will provide patients with seamless community access to the most advanced cancer care treatments and technologies.

Doctors and other clinical staff at UH Geauga Medical Center work in partnership with an array of cancer specialists at the nationally renowned UH Seidman Cancer Center, based at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in University Circle. Patients at UH Seidman Cancer Center locations throughout Northeast Ohio may participate in clinical trial research activities, in which newly developed cancer-fighting therapies are introduced to patients prior to becoming available anywhere else.

“Offering a wide range of cancer care services is a priority at UH Geauga Medical Center,” said Natalina Andreani, MD, chief of the hospital’s medical staff. “Our goal is to provide these services within the community where patients live, minimizing the need for them to travel long distances for their care.”

Slated for completion in late 2012, the new addition will enable the Chardon-based hospital to offer radiation therapy services, in addition to creating new physician offices and patient examination rooms. The new facility will blend the latest technology with comfortable furnishings and amenities to provide an optimal healing environment for patients and their families.

The current UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center provides infusion therapy – including intravenous (IV) chemotherapy, red/white blood cell growth factor injections, blood transfusions, IV antibiotics and more – and surgical services to area residents. Other cancer services include specialized diagnostic imaging, nutritional support, preventive screenings and education.

“Our cancer program is outgrowing its existing location and has expanded three times since 2007 to meet the increased need for cancer care services,” said Judah Friedman, MD, a medical oncologist at UH Geauga Medical Center. “The new addition, including state-of-the-art radiation oncology, will improve access to comprehensive treatment for Geauga-area residents.”

UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, one of only 41 in the country. Named in recognition of a $42 million gift from Jane and Lee Seidman to University Hospitals, UH Seidman Cancer Center opened a new cancer hospital at UH Case Medical Center in spring 2011 that provides highly specialized cancer care for patients.

”The expansion of our cancer program at UH Geauga Medical Center offers exceptional advantages to Geauga County residents,” said Nathan Levitan, MD, president of UH Seidman Cancer Center. “Patients will benefit from consultation and collaboration among UH Seidman Cancer specialists across our system to determine the optimal course of treatment.”

UH Geauga Medical Center has invested significantly in recent years to upgrade its services based on growing community needs. Since 2005 the hospital has completed major emergency center and surgery center expansions, opened an Orthopaedic and Spine Center, and expanded key UH services into Geauga County such as the UH Seidman Cancer Center, the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and the UH Neurological Institute.

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