GREENFIELD — Hancock Cancer Care, a new treatment facility to expand cancer care and treatment in Hancock County, opens its doors on Hancock Regional Hospital’s campus next Tuesday.
In the works for the better part of the past year, the hospital reached a deal with St. Vincent Cancer Care in Indianapolis to enhance the medical oncology, chemotherapy and other cancer services currently available in the county, said Bobby Keen, hospital president and CEO.
When looking at the array of major health risks facing county residents, there are three major killers: heart disease, cancer and stroke, Keen said.
“And a community hospital cannot afford not to have strong programs in all three areas,” he said.
For several years, the hospital had an arrangement with IU Health physicians to provide cancer care locally through their offices on an outpatient basis; however, that group decided to move its linear accelerator for radiation therapy out of the county, and patients balked at traveling for treatment.
“When they began thinking about moving patients, our patients said they simply didn’t want to do that,” Keen said.