Commentator: A new choice in cancer care could be on the horizon for patients in the southeast. Today, a crowd gathered at city hall in Newnan, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, to learn about a new facility that Cancer Treatment Centers of America is proposing, which will be its fifth comprehensive cancer hospital in the United States – a cutting edge treatment center that will serve patients in Georgia and across the southeast and provide 500 new jobs in metro Atlanta.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America will now file a notice of intent to apply for a Certificate of Need with the Georgia Department of Community Health whose approval is necessary before Cancer Treatment Centers of America can build and operate the facility. The Georgia Hospital, if approved by the Department of Community Health, will be fully digital with more than 200,000 square feet, 50 in-patient beds, ICU rooms, on site residential accommodations for outpatients and their families, and more.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America is responding to the mounting request from patients and their families to build a center of healing and hope in the southeast. Patients like Valerie Yurchuk of Florida, who traveled hundreds of miles for treatment at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital in Philadelphia.
Valerie Yurchuk: I live in Cocoa Beach, Florida but I had to travel to Philadelphia. Traveling that far tells you what a great hospital that is. I came to Cancer Treatment Center of America because of its unique patient-centered approach.
Commentator: An approach that combines the best traditional medical care to treat the cancer with scientifically supported integrative therapies. Cancer Treatment Centers of America expects the new facility to generate $500 million in economic activity over the next five years, along with 500 new jobs.
Eric Johnson: It gives Georgia patients another option. There’s a spin off even if you hopefully don’t ever need Cancer Treatment Centers of America that there’s still an economic benefit to Georgia and the Newnan.
Commentator: But the biggest benefit – arming cancer patients with options and access to high quality, individualized cancer care.
Valerie Yurchuk: As I stand here and I see the possibilities that people will have available to them. It’s going to service a lot of people; it’s going to give people a lot of options. I am so sorry that I had to get cancer to experience this but if you’ve got it, this is the only place to be.