Mon General

US-based Monongalia General Hospital has announced the start of construction of a new radiation therapy unit at the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center as part of its partnership with WVU Cancer Institute.

The unit is designed to advance cancer care in north central West Virginia.

Cancer patients at Mon General Hospital will be able to receive all their care on the hospital campus in the future.

Radiation therapy at the hospital is a partnership between the two Morgantown-based healthcare institutions.

Under the project, the cost of constructing and equipping the facility will be covered by Mon Health System. Radiation oncology staff and medical direction will be supplied by the WVU Cancer Institute in collaboration with Mon General oncologists.

Scheduled to be completed by the end of next year, the $7m radiation oncology unit will include a newly purchased linear accelerator, bringing the most advanced technology in radiation treatment to the community.

"The unit is designed to advance cancer care in north central West Virginia."

The 2,200ft² linear accelerator vault is part of an overall renovation of the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center, including 4,000ft² of clinic and staff work areas.

Along with surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy is one of three major components of cancer treatment.

According to Mon General, depending on the patient, treatment may include one, two or all three modalities.

WVU Cancer Institute Department of Radiation Oncology chair Geraldine Jacobson will have oversight of the new centre in collaboration with Mon General oncologists and staff at the Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center.

At the new unit, radiation oncology services will be provided by WVU Cancer Institute staff.

Under the deal, cancer patients will have access to services at both Mon General’s Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center and the WVU Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

Patients will also have access to the radiation therapy center located at Fairmont General Hospital.

Image: Executives of WVU Cancer Institute, Mon Health System and WVU Hospitals at the groundbreaking of new radiation therapy unit. Photo: courtesy of Mon Health System.