Charleston Area Medical Center Radiation Oncology Services Moves Into New Cancer Center

Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:AIQ), a leading national provider of outsourced healthcare services, and CAMC Health System, announced today that CAMC Radiation Oncology Services is moving into the new CAMC Cancer Center. 

Created in 2014, CAMC Radiation Oncology Services is a joint venture between Alliance Oncology, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services, Charleston Area Medical Center, and Charleston Radiation Therapy Consultants (CRTC).  

“In partnership with CAMC Health System, we are pleased to announce the grand opening of the newly relocated CAMC Radiation Oncology Services,” said Greg Spurlock, President of Alliance Oncology.  “We at Alliance Oncology are very proud to partner with CAMC and the local physician partners to offer patients in the Charleston area access to our clinical expertise and advanced radiation technologies.” 

Next month, CAMC Radiation Oncology Services will begin seeing patients in its new location on the first floor of the recently opened CAMC Cancer Center, located at 3415 Maccorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304.  The move unites radiation oncology with the other cancer services provided at the state-of-the-art center, bringing comprehensive outpatient cancer services under one roof.  At approximately 15,000 square feet, the new clinic is much larger than the previous location’s 9,000 square feet, and will provide an expanded and comfortable setting for patients to continue receiving the most advanced and personalized cancer treatment available. 

“This relationship enables us to expand our oncology services and further improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Dave Ramsey, president and CEO of CAMC, of the partnership.  “Alliance brings innovative radiation therapy technologies and national expertise to our community, helping CAMC to deliver the highest quality of care, close to home.” 

CAMC Radiation Oncology Services treats early-stage, recurring and advanced cancer using several forms of radiation therapy technologies, including the TrueBeam® system, one of the most advanced cancer treatment options available.  The system, provided by the Radiation Oncology department partnership, includes two new state-of-the-art linear accelerators called TrueBeam with RapidArc Radiosurgery and Real Time Patient Tracking, which deliver radiation therapy and radiosurgery treatment to the brain and body.  TrueBeam offers several benefits for patients, particularly in regards to quality-of-life issues that may be dramatically impacted by conventional surgery.  Patient benefits include no anesthesia or hospitalization, minimal radiation exposure to healthy tissue, little to no recovery time, and immediate return to daily activities.  

In addition to the two new TrueBeams, CAMC Radiation Oncology Services will also have a new CT simulator and new high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy equipment.  All software, including treatment planning and electronic medical records (EMR), and IT equipment was upgraded as well.  In all, over $10 million was invested in new equipment and software for CAMC Radiation Oncology Services. 

The radiation therapy team at CAMC Radiation Oncology Services includes radiation oncologists, medical physicists, nurses, and radiation therapists who work with patients to develop customized cancer treatments plans.  The physicians of Charleston Radiation Therapy Consultants have decades of clinical cancer treatment experience and are board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology.  Physicians practicing at the new location include Lewis Whaley. D.O., F.A.C.R.O., Michael B. Harmon, M.D., Prem Raja, M.D., Brian A Plants, M.D., and Lloyd Farinash, M.D. 

CAMC Radiation Oncology Services will begin treating patients on October 5.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (304) 388-1790 or visit camcradiationoncology.com.