FARRELL – A UPMC radiation oncology center is moving from New Castle to UPMC Horizon’s Farrell hospital, the health care provider said Monday.
UPMC Jameson’s Radiation Oncology Center, at 2602 Wilmington Road, is expected to close at the end of the month and will become operational inside Horizon’s Farrell hospital on April 1.
The unit will become part of UPMC’s regional oncology center, according to Lisa Lombardo, senior manager, internal communications and media relations for UPMC Jameson.
Dr. Steven Wilson of the UPMC Hillman oncology cancer center, who has been the radiation oncologist at the Jameson facility, will relocate to the center at Horizon, Lombardo said.
“There is a UMPC Hillman Cancer Center already in the hospital, and it is expanding and essentially doubling in size,” Lombardo said, and the regional radiation oncology center will become part of it.
However, medical oncology — the practice which deals with chemotherapy and other types of cancer treatments that are not radiation —will continue to be available in New Castle at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at 3410 Wilmington Road, Lombardo said. Medical oncology services also will be offered at UPMC Horizon’s Greenville campus and in the expanded center at UPMC Horizon in Farrell.
She said the UPMC Jameson radiation oncology has staffed fewer than 10 employees, and the human resources department has been working with them and has secured jobs for all or or most of the people in those positions, she said.
While there are a lot of patients from Lawrence County who have used the Neshannock Township facility, UPMC realizes the distance may be a challenge for some of those people to get to the Farrell facility for their treatments, Lombardo said.
“We are working with community partners to help those patients who need transportation to their treatment sessions,” she said, adding, “The distance is definitely on our radar.”
Lombardo noted that the UMPC Horizon Community Foundation has earmarked a “significant portion” of its proceeds and fundraising for transportation for patients. The health system also is working closely with other community partners to help people get to their treatments, she said.
She emphasized that there are staff at the oncology center who help patients navigate the through the process, and that includes helping them to find transportation.
“UPMC is always examining how to best deliver highly specialized services across the Lawrence-Mercer county region,” Lombardo said in a news release. With the long-term best interests of the patients in mind, the radiation oncology services will pool UPMC’s high quality resources – its professional staff, technologies and modernized facilities – to improve care for years to come, she said.
According to information from its website, Jameson Radiation Oncology, in partnership with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, has been providing cancer treatment in New Castle since 2005, allowing patients to receive the highest level of cancer care without having to leave their communities.
A 50-50 joint venture between UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and Jameson Health System, Jameson Radiation Oncology has provided radiation therapy at its location in the Medical Arts building, next to the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Neshannock Township. It is accredited by the American College of Radiation Oncology, and has been a clinical teaching site for students of the Community College of Allegheny County.