About the Cancer Center Expansion
The Rideout Cancer Center is Expanding to Offer Even More Leading Edge Treatment Options and Patient-Centered Care to the Region
This past August, the Rideout Health Group officially broke ground on the $ 19.4 million expansion of its Cancer Center. When completed in August of this year, the Center will have nearly doubled in size to 42,000 square feet and have added 11 infusion bays, six more exam rooms, a second linear accelerator and a PET CT scanner. The purchase of the linear accelerator and the PET CT scanner alone will cost more than $6 million.
"It's the most expensive medical equipment a hospital can purchase," explained Susan Vague, Administrator of the Rideout Cancer Center. "With the addition of the PET CT scanner, every aspect of cancer patient care can be handled right here, all under one roof."
Dr. Scott Christensen, Medical Director of the Rideout Cancer Center and the UC Davis Cancer Care Network, reiterated the importance of the major investment in the new scanner. "The expanded Cancer Center will have new technologies that have never existed in this community before. The new PET CT is not just an imaging device, but also has interventional capabilities for sophisticated biopsies and precise line placement for infusion therapies," he said.
The Rideout Cancer Center is a joint venture between Rideout Health Group and UC Davis, and has served as a model for other advanced cancer care centers in the region, the foundation of the UC Davis Cancer Network. Yuba-Sutter residents need not travel any further than Marysville, to receive the latest protocols in chemotherapy, hematology and radiation oncology, delivered in a soothing setting by compassionate professionals who care for both the patients and their families.
"We can offer participation in clinical trials of new therapies, and all patients get the latest in treatments and technology," Vague said. "Having such an advanced center right here in the Yuba-Sutter area means our patients can receive treatment for advanced cancer treatments without leaving their families and familiar surroundings. That's very important when you're battling this disease."
The regional demand for cancer care has driven the need for the expansion. In 2000, the first year that the Cancer Center opened its doors, 6,000 procedures were performed. Just a decade later the total for 2010 was 38,000 procedures. In 2010, the Cancer Center registered 800 new patients and over the past decade has worked with nearly 8,000.
At the expansion groundbreaking ceremony last August, Ann Madden Rice, CEO of UC Davis Medical Center stated, "This celebration is evidence of Rideout Health's dedication to delivering the most advanced cancer care available in inland Northern California. We are so gratified to be partnering with such a talented group of physicians, staff and leadership."
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