Cincinnati—The UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital has received an additional $2 million to support ongoing physical and technological upgrades of the adult cancer clinic, located at 234 Goodman St. in Clifton.
The gift, which comes from Western & Southern Financial, will partially fund phase-2 renovations to the Barrett Cancer Institute. The company made an initial contribution of $2 million in 2008.
The multiyear renovation is aimed at improvements to accommodate expanding multidisciplinary care teams and improved patient services, access and satisfaction.
“It’s very gratifying to know that in these difficult economic times we can still count on philanthropic support from community partners to ensure the cancer program not only continues but is also able to expand and improve to better serve our community,” says George Atweh, MD, director of the Barrett Cancer Institute and Koch chair and professor of UC’s division of hematology-oncology.
Atweh assumed leadership of adult cancer program at the Barrett Cancer Institute in March 2009 from Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He says community support—like that from Western & Southern—is critical for the institute’s continued growth as Greater Cincinnati’s regional comprehensive cancer center.
“This renovation is symbolic of our commitment to deliver the best possible care to patients in the Tristate,” Atweh adds. “In addition to physical and technological upgrades, we are also working to build a more robust team of clinicians and scientists who will work every day to deliver cutting-edge care and advance the field through new and innovative research.”
Tom Kyllo, administrative director for the Barrett Cancer Institute, says capital investments include leading edge diagnostic and treatment technology and updated spaces designed for patient comfort and use by multidisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses and support staff.
The radiation oncology service at the Barrett Cancer Institute recently installed a new Trilogy Radiotherapy System by Varian Medical Systems. The system expands the institute’s technological capabilities beyond intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to include electronic 2D and 3D image-guided delivery of radiation treatment. Trilogy includes the latest radiosurgical capabilities, which will be used by Barrett Cancer Institute clinicians to treat brain tumors and other neurosurgical problems.
“These technologic advances allow for radiation to be more precisely delivered than has been previously available, which can lead to fewer side effects from radiation therapy and higher cure rates for our patients,” explains William Barrett, MD, chair of UC’s department of radiation oncology and a physician with the Barrett Cancer Institute.
Other key stage-two renovations include:
- A new dual-purpose linear accelerator to treat superficial cancers, such as shallow skin cancers.
- Installation of a next generation intensity modulated radiation therapy treatment planning system (Philips Medical Systems Pinnacle3) that incorporates pre-treatment visualization tools for identifying soft tissues and vascular connections surrounding tumors
- Upgrade to an integrated, advanced technology radiation oncology information system (MOSAIQ) that serves as the central source for radiation oncology patient care management.
For information on how to support cancer research, patient care and education, contact the UC Foundation at (513) 558-6769.
For patient appointments at the Barrett Cancer Institute, call (513) 584-3200. For UC clinical trial information, call (513) 584-7698.
The Barrett Cancer Institute is part of the Cincinnati Cancer Consortium, a joint cancer program involving the UC College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University Hospital. The collaborative initiative brings together interdisciplinary research teams of caring scientists and health professionals to research and develop new cures, while providing a continuum of care for children, adults and families with cancer.