War Against Cancer Rages On

(July 11, 2001) The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health University Medical Center was unveiled July 11, creating a powerful new weapon in the fight against cancer. The naming of this facility follows the groundbreaking that was held in February of this year. Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes and the Andersons assisted Memorial Health in February when the vision for cancer care was unveiled. "Our vision is to create a first-tier medical facility that will set the standard for cancer care in Georgia," said Robert A. Colvin, Memorial Health president and CEO. "The cornerstones for the vision and the project are convenience for patients, continued clinical excellence, enhanced services, and community development." Memorial Health and the Andersons feel that the war on cancer must be fought on many fronts: patient access, dedicated physicians, research, technology, commitment to excellence and to the community. "We believe in the existing program's capability," said Curtis Anderson. "Memorial's commitment and vision for cancer care in the state is one of extreme viability and sets the stage for world-class care in cancer treatment right here in Savannah. This facility is for our community and our nearby neighbors in rural Georgia. We are pleased to be an ally in this war." The Anderson Cancer Institute is the first in the area to offer some of the most advanced technologies available to patients and has the only established pediatric, gynecological and hospital-based radiation oncology programs in the region. The new facility will house these programs as well as medical physics, medical and surgical oncology, tumor registry and the oncology multi-specialty clinics. The new facility will include the renovation of approximately 23,000 square feet of new construction. The two-story facility will consolidate Memorial Health's adult ambulatory oncology services now located in various areas of the campus. The new building is scheduled to open for service in 2002. Memorial Health is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship, Memorial Health University Medical Center, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; CareOne, its two-state home care division; Memorial Health primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.