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For Immediate Release

November 26, 2018

Contact: Karen Herring, 334-670-5487

Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony Held For Troy Regional Cancer Center

Troy Regional Medical Center celebrated the opening of the Troy Regional Cancer Center on November 26. The newly renovated 9400 square foot, $375,000 facility is designed to enhance cancer treatment services for residents of Troy, Pike County and the region to help cancer patients more easily access the cancer treatment they need closer to home.

"Being told you have cancer by your physician is an extremely emotional situation. And then having to travel far away and leave the surroundings of your family, friends and community of supporter's only makes the situation and recovery that much more difficult," Ronnie Dean, Troy Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, said.

"Our hospital board's decision to develop a Cancer Center at Troy Regional Medical Center was simply about meeting an unmet need in our region and bringing the latest treatments and services closer to home. The goal is to provide services in a modern and comfortable facility under the direction of one of the most highly regarded Hematologist/Oncologist in the region, Dr. Tom Brown," Sherrill Crowe, Chairman of the The Troy Hospital Health Care Authority said. "Our number one priority for our community is to be remarkable in all we do at Troy Regional Medical Center. And to accomplish this we want to create unequaled access to patient care services that can be provided in our community. Cancer treatment here in Troy meets these criteria and we are pleased to be able to make this possible for the region we serve."

Located on the second floor of Troy Regional Medical Center, the Cancer Center is anchored by an eight bay infusion suite with heated chairs, private televisions and family seating in a modern comfortable environment. The Center includes registration, lab services, consultation rooms, an education classroom and an expanded pharmacy redesigned to prepare the chemotherapy in a safe and efficient environment. The areas décor is about enhancing the treatment experience through physical, visual, and technical upgrades aimed at blending the best clinical treatment with an optimal patient and family experience to promote hope, inspiration, courage and healing.

"Renovations and equipment are very costly but thanks to an outpouring of community support for the Pike Medical Foundation and its mission to facilitate the development of needed services at Troy Regional Medical Center, the cost burden of this project was reduced," Steve Garrott, Chairman of the Pike Medical Foundation stated. "We are overwhelmed by the community's generosity and support of the Pike Medical Foundation and Troy Regional Medical Center. We have been able to raise over $175,000 for the development of the Troy Regional Cancer Center. It is incredible to know that these dollars support cancer treatment right here at home. And we thank each individual and business who contributed to our campaign; this would not have been possible without you."

"Up until now, cancer care patients receiving chemotherapy had to travel out of town," Amy Minor, Registered Nurse and Chief Clinical Officer for Troy Regional Medical Center, explained. "Attempting to navigate such a fragmented system often adds unnecessary stress for patients dealing with cancer. Over the last 6 months, while construction was underway we were working behind the scenes to bring together the best technology and experts for treating cancer including an additional diagnostic capability, PET/CT. Our goal is to achieve a coordinated and comprehensive approach to cancer care."

Ronnie Dean was quick to point out that "the true essence of any hospital or cancer center is its medical staff and employees. They bring life to every service being offered. Their training, the environment they work in, the equipment and leadership support received drives the outcomes of care and the patient experience. We are fortunate to have some of the finest people I have worked with and we have been successful in recruiting more to lead our cancer services including Registered Pharmacists, Chemo Certified Nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners and Dr. Brown who brings over 30 years experience in cancer treatment to the region."

Dr. Brown and his Nurse Practitioner, Ursula Wilson, have been seeing patients in his Troy office for over a year. "The incidence and prevalence of cancer in our community is unfortunate, but it is a reality and one we can now face and fight with the latest in chemo drug therapy. I am pleased to be a part of this community and share in its desire to bring the very best medical treatments to those diagnosed," Dr. Brown said.

Troy Regional Medical Center is a 97 bed acute care facility located in Troy, Alabama and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. Troy Regional Medical Center serves Pike County and the surrounding area and provides specialty services including emergency medicine, orthopedics, general surgery, women's services, hematology/oncology, pain management, psychiatry, neurology and hospital medicine services.