CDH and Procure Celebrate Grand Opening of Proton Center
CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, Brings First Proton Therapy Center to Illinois and Surrounding Region
WARRENVILLE, Ill., (Oct. 19, 2010) – The state’s first proton therapy center, offering the most advanced form of radiation treatment to patients with cancer, will open today as patients, physicians and representatives from Central DuPage Hospital (CDH), Radiation Oncology Consultants (ROC) and ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. (ProCure) gather for a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony. The CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, is the ninth such center in the country. It is the second in a network of proton therapy centers developed and operated by ProCure, the only company in the world with more than one center treating patients.
“CDH is dedicated to investing in the future of cancer treatment and providing the best possible treatment options for our patients,” said Jim Spear, executive vice president and CFO of Central DuPage Hospital. “Coupled with the CDH Cancer Center next door, the Warrenville site is one of the most comprehensive cancer treatment locations in the Midwest.”
The campus, conveniently located near Rt. 88 on Weaver Parkway in Warrenville, is home to the CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center and CDH Cancer Center. Once fully operational, the 60,000 sq. ft. proton center will be able to treat about 1,500 patients a year.
Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation treatment and important alternative to standard X-ray radiation for patients with cancer. The precision of proton therapy spares healthy tissue and results in far fewer short- and long-term treatment side effects. Proton therapy has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of a broad range of tumor types including prostate, head and neck, brain, central nervous system, lung, sarcomas, gastrointestinal and many pediatric cancers. The precision of proton therapy makes it especially effective for treating children and adults with anatomically complex tumors such base of skull and tumors along the spinal cord.
“Today is an important milestone for patients here and throughout the region,” said William Hartsell, M.D., medical director of the CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center. “Prior to this time, patients would have to travel hundreds of miles to receive this precise, life-saving treatment. These patients and their families have the added stress of being away from home for several months while they are battling cancer. Illinois is very fortunate to have a center right here and we are thrilled to have helped make this happen.”
Patients at the proton therapy center will benefit from the collaboration involving CDH, ROC and ProCure that led to the development of the proton center. Clinical care at the proton center will be provided by physicians from ROC, the state's largest private practice radiation oncology group. ROC is one of the top radiation oncology practices in the Chicago area, with 15 physicians who treat a comprehensive array of tumor types, caring for more patients than any other radiation oncology practice in Illinois.
Pediatric patients will benefit from specialized care and support services provided by medical professionals from Children’s Memorial Hospital, ranked among the top 10 children’s hospitals nationally for pediatric oncology by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s Memorial is the Chicago region’s largest provider of pediatric oncology and hematology services.
“The need for proton therapy in Illinois is great, with an estimated 11,000 Illinois residents this year alone able to benefit from the treatment,” said James R. Williams, president of the CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center. “We are committed to treating as many of those patients as we can. Patients will receive the treatment they need in a healing environment so they have the care and support to battle their cancer and continue their lives.”
The CDH Cancer Center, located adjacent to the proton therapy center, provides comprehensive cancer care in a single, convenient outpatient location and houses a variety of radiation oncology treatment services and offers many social services to assist patients and their families.
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About CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center:
CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, Warrenville, Ill., is one of only a handful of facilities in the country that offers proton therapy, an advanced form of radiation to treat cancer. The Center is the first and only proton center in Illinois and will treat about 1,500 patients a year. The precision of proton therapy spares healthy tissue and results in far fewer short- and long-term side effects than treatment with standard X-ray radiation therapy. Proton therapy has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of a broad range of tumor types. The CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, is a collaboration between Central DuPage Hospital, Radiation Oncology Consultants, and ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. ProCure was founded in 2005 in Bloomington, Ind., and is developing a network of proton therapy centers in cities across the United States. For more information, visit www.procure.com/il.
*Photo caption: Jim Williams, president of ProCure Illinois (Far Left) and Dr. Bill Hartsell, medical director (Far Right) assist two ProCure patients and their families as they cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the CDH Proton Therapy Center, A ProCure Center in Warrenville on October 19.