Colquitt Regional Medical Center cuts the ribbon on new Oncology Unit

(MOULTRIE, GA) – After more than three years of planning and breaking ground last spring, Colquitt Regional Medical Center officials is cutting the ribbon on their new, state of the art Oncology Unit; and they’ve come a long way in such a short time.

Colquitt Director of Oncology, Matthew Clifton says, “Only four short years ago, we were a wing of the third floor, operating with 1,500 square feet…The technology they’ve brought us is not the radiotherapy of 30, 15, or even five years ago.”

All of those working at the new cancer treatment facility at Colquitt Regional agree, that having an advanced piece of equipment like this that’s not even found in Atlanta, is highly critical towards helping patients near a rural hospital.

Especially when it can help ease the pain of those suffering from different forms of cancer.

“The treatment with this particular machine is so advanced it allows us to spare as much healthy tissue and normal tissue as possible while we target the cancer tissue and try to rid them of that,” says Radiation Therapist, Lee-Ann Barnes

For those who may not be within a reasonable distance of cancer treatment, the new Oncology Unit in Colquitt Regional means that going in for treatments five times a week is no longer a drain on resources for them.

Director of Radiation Oncology, Dr. J Steven Johnson tells us, “To bring state of the art cancer care into the rural parts of our country requires that hospitals like this make the big step like they’ve done.”

The new Oncology Unit will begin treating patients on Monday, March 8th.