The partnership will ensure state-of-the-art therapy for cancer patients in Lacey, Aberdeen and Centralia, Wash.
OLYMPIA, Nov. 7, 2014 – RadiantCare Radiation Oncology and Providence Health & Services today announced that RadiantCare will soon become part of the Providence family. In this new arrangement, Providence will own and operate the services and assets of RadiantCare. The transaction will be finalized before the end of this year, and the new name will be Providence Regional Cancer System RadiantCare Radiation Oncology.
This collaboration means continued high quality care for the community and the ability to strengthen an already robust service line, creating new opportunities to improve coordination, efficiency and service for patients. RadiantCare Radiation Oncology currently treats more than 800 new patients each year at facilities in Lacey, Aberdeen and Centralia, Wash.
“We have worked diligently for a number of years to establish excellent radiation oncology services and compassionate care in the Southwest Washington region. We remain committed to that endeavor and we are excited about the opportunity to partner with Providence to continue to provide these services in the years to come,” said James Raymond, MD, of RadiantCare Radiation Oncology.
Approximately 40 employees of RadiantCare Radiation Oncology will become Providence employees. Additionally, Providence will own and operate the equipment utilized to plan and deliver external beam radiation therapy, including four medical linear accelerators. “We have had a longstanding working relationship with RadiantCare. This new partnership will allow us to collaborate even more closely to ensure the people of Southwest Washington continue to have high quality radiation oncology services close to home,” said Medrice Coluccio, chief executive of Providence Health & Services Southwest Washington Region.
The five physicians who are now part of RadiantCare will continue serving and providing professional medical services for oncology patients and will supervise and direct the radiation treatment services at the three treatment facilities. They will provide these services under the auspices of an independent, professional limited liability corporation. The physician group (RadiantCare Physicians, PLLC) will consist of Joseph Hartman, MD; James Raymond, MD; Haleigh Werner, MD; Gregory Allen, MD, PhD; and Robyn Vera, DO. All of the physicians are board certified radiation oncologists with greater than 50 years of combined clinical experience. Stateofthe art therapy that will continue to be available through this collaboration includes intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and brachytherapy.