Southeastern Med Purchases Cambridge Regional Cancer Center
Written by: Kelli Koch
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Aug. 10, 2012 –Southeastern Med is proud to announce it will expand cancer services by purchasing the Cambridge Regional Cancer Center from the American Oncology Associates, Inc. Southeastern Med obtained complete ownership of the cancer center on August 9.
The hospital is now commencing to complete the necessary licensing and regulatory requirements to begin treating patients locally in September.
“The purchase of the cancer center will allow Southeastern Med to care for area cancer patients hopefully by the middle of September,” said Ray Chorey, President and CEO of Southeastern Med. “Rather than a patient traveling between multiple providers outside of the Cambridge area, cancer services will be centralized to meet the needs of our community.”
“The recent acquisition of the Cambridge Cancer Center will allow us to build a complete community cancer program in Cambridge,” said Michael Sarap, MD, FACS, surgeon with Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc. and Southeastern Med medical staff member. “Our cancer and breast care programs have earned and maintained accreditation from the National Commision on Cancer, and now we can move forward to provide even better care for our cancer patients in their own hometown. Everyone involved in cancer care deeply appreciates the efforts and commitment made by the administration and Board of Directors at Southeastern Med towards this endeavor.”
Southeastern Med will contract with medical and radiation oncologists to provide services at the cancer center.
“We are very pleased with the recent purchase of the Cambridge Regional Cancer Center,” said E. Edwin Conaway, Jr., MD, vice president of Medical Affairs at Southeastern Med. “Drs. Vasan and Shah provided a very valuable healthcare service in Cambridge for more than 20 years. With this purchase, Southeastern Med will expand cancer services to include evaluation and treatment of hematologic disorders not previously treated in our community. Our oncologists will work closely with our surgeons and medical staff to accomplish our mission at Southeastern Med. The cancer center will allow us to provide our patients and community with one-stop access to affordable, high-quality, comprehensive cancer care right here in Cambridge.”
Dr. Vasan will contact his current patients to assure continuum of care during the transition.