Many Eastern Kentuckians will no longer have to travel out of town to get cancer treatment...thanks to a new seven-million dollar treatment center at Hazard ARH.
Healthcare officials told community members at city hall today that construction of the facility is complete, and its first patients will begin treatment in mid-July.
Officials say the 10,000 square foot center features cutting-edge radiation therapy and a chemotherapy suite.
"The cancer rates in Eastern Kentucky are some of the highest in the country," says ARH CEO Jerry Haynes. "And this is a service that will certainly help us to better care for our patients."
"I had a lady that just spoke to me and was telling me about a friend that's having to go out of town right now for a specific kind of radiation therapy and she won't have to do that," says ARH's Director of Projects, Trena Hall. "Once this center opens she'll have that here at home."
Officials say there will also be valet parking for all patients.