Southeastern Grand Opening Ceremony
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On September 18, 2012, hundreds of cancer patients, caregivers, community members and public officials, including Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, celebrated the grand opening of Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern).
The newest CTCA hospital located just outside of metro Atlanta in Newnan, Georgia, officially opened on Aug. 15, 2012, just over a year after CTCA broke ground on the 226,000-square-foot, fully digital hospital focusing on complex and advanced-stage cancer.
Attendees at the grand opening celebration – themed “Care that never quits® in the Southeast” – enjoyed tours of the hospital and interactive centers set up on the grounds. The Empowerment Center highlighted CTCA’s commitment to collaboration with the cancer community, as well as empowering patients with information and resources.
Another center provided personal, educational opportunities with CTCA leadership and clinical team members, while a third center featured culinary demonstrations by executive chefs from across the CTCA hospital network to emphasize the key role nutrition plays in integrated cancer care.
Words of Inspiration
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, I wanted information, options and a treatment plan that considered all aspects of what was going on in my life,” said Audrey Allen, a breast cancer survivor from Savannah, GA., who addressed the crowd during the event. “Patients deserve more options. Having this level of care closer to home means so much to me and my family – and will to so many patients and caregivers in the Southeast.”
The state-of-the-art facility joins CTCA regional destination hospitals in Zion, Illinois; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Goodyear, Arizona; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and an outpatient practice in Seattle, Washington as a new option in comprehensive cancer care for patients and their families throughout the southeastern United States.
We are committed to serving cancer patients and their families with high-quality care and service excellence,” said Kane Dawson, president and CEO of Southeastern. “At the same time, we are here to be a visible and valued partner in this community.”
Patients and caregivers from across the region joined state and local officials from across Georgia, business and medical groups, cancer support groups and CTCA representatives on the hospital grounds, designed to support healing and hope with a gazebo, swan and koi ponds, and water fountains.
Governor Nathan Deal warmly welcomed CTCA to Georgia and expressed his gratitude for both the economic impact of the hospital and its commitment to high-quality cancer care for patients throughout the region.
“Tonight, Georgia’s paths of economic development and healthcare innovation lead right here to Newnan, to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center,” said Deal in a video-taped statement shown at the grand opening ceremony. “Our state, like CTCA, will be a destination for top-quality medical care and cancer treatment. This hospital gives Georgians and those throughout the region a new choice in cancer care.”