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Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Centerpoint Medical Center Celebrates Freestanding Facility at Grand Opening July 14, 2016

Centerpoint Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—invites the public to celebrate the grand opening of the freestanding Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Centerpoint Medical Center from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Tours and light refreshments will be available following the ribbon cutting at 5:15 pm.  Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Centerpoint Medical Center is located at 3889 South Jackson Drive, Independence, Mo.

The first-of-its-kind in Independence, the state-of-the-art comprehensive center will integrate cancer diagnosis and treatment services under one roof, bringing together medical oncology, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, genetic counseling, specialized oncology navigators, sub-specialty oncology and access to the latest clinical trial options.  Additional support programs will assist patients and their families through the many aspects of the cancer journey inclusive of treatment and survivorship resources. Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Centerpoint Medical Center provides a full continuum of inpatient care, offering surgical specialists and highly specialized nurses on a dedicated unit to care for those facing cancer.

“The fight against cancer requires a team of committed experts—it takes doctors, researchers, nurses, support staff, caregivers and patients banding together to move the fight forward,” says M.L. Lagarde III, HCA Midwest Health President. “Through this new integrated approach with Sarah Cannon, the cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), critical support and expert care are available to patients throughout the Jackson County region.”

“Sarah Cannon at Centerpoint Medical Center has long been recognized for expertise in cancer care and by opening this cutting-edge, freestanding cancer institute, we continue to build upon our strong reputation by delivering expanded treatment, new technology and research options for patients,” says David Williams, Centerpoint Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “Centerpoint Medical Center is proud to provide our community with convenient unprecedented access to our uniquely compassionate, patient-centered care model—an important milestone in our strategic initiative to not only invest in the community’s well-being, but to ensure high-quality cancer care is available to residents of Jackson County and beyond. With more people than ever impacted by cancer, both patients and their families will benefit from receiving treatment and services close to home, offering hope in a warm and comforting environment that eases anxiety and promotes healing.”

Sam Overton, a former cancer patient at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Centerpoint Medical Center, notes the importance of integrated care. “The collaborative, coordinated care provided me and my family peace of mind during my cancer journey,” Overton, a Blue Springs resident, says. “The continuity of care is priceless when you’re battling for your life in what can be an overwhelming and confusing time.”

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Centerpoint Medical Center offers:

Clinical Research: Access to more than 200 unique clinical trial agents, including early-phase trials available through the global research network, Sarah Cannon Research Institute.

Genetic Counseling: Personalized information regarding genetic influences, specific cancer risks and targeted screening and prevention options are presented to patients by board-certified genetic counselors.

Personalized Medicine and Tumor Profiling: Tumor profiling at the genetic level allows personalized, targeted treatment plans for an individual’s unique cancer.

Patient Navigation by Oncology-Trained RNs: Nurse Navigators are highly skilled, oncology-trained nurses who help patients through their cancer journey—from discovery and treatment of cancer through recovery and survivorship.

Treatment:  A multidisciplinary team of engaged cancer specialists connect through patient case conferences to coordinate patient treatment plans, offering rapid diagnosis and treatment times.

For more information on Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Centerpoint Medical Center, visit centerpointmedical.com/cancer. For more information on Centerpoint Medical Center, visit centerpointmedical.com.

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