The Fairmont Regional Cancer Center (FRCC) has officially become a part of West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH).
The center, which is located on Locust Avenue in Fairmont, provides cancer patients radiation therapy treatments through a linear accelerator, a machine that delivers high-energy X-rays to tumors, according to a news release from WVU Healthcare.
WVUH officials, who purchased the center from Kirti Jain, M.D., said FRCC will remain in Fairmont and will become a part of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.
"We believe this is a good investment in the community, in keeping with our mission and responsibility as the state's premier academic medical center," Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVU Hospitals, said. "We believe it's important to keep radiation oncology services in Marion County, closer to patients who need them at a critical time in their treatment for cancer. We will offer WVU Healthcare's state-of-the-art radiation therapy services there, so patients won't have to travel to Morgantown when they're feeling most vulnerable."
On July 1, the center will close to allow for upgrades to the facility and its equipment, including the replacement of the linear accelerator at the center. This process, which will be conducted to ensure that Marion County area patients are receiving the highest quality of care possible, is expect to last three months and will reopen on or around October 1, 2013, according to the news release.
Current center employees will join the WVUH Radiation Oncology Department staff and Fairmont physicians can refer patients to WVU physicians Geraldine Jacobson, M.D., Alexander Chi, M.D., Carl Jueng, M.D., and Christopher Watson, M.D., "who will also be requesting privileges at Fairmont General Hospital in order to meet referral needs."
WVUH purchased the center for $14 million, including $3 million for upgrade costs, according to the news release.