AVENTURA, Fla., Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In the fight against cancer, getting the right treatment matters. With the selection of Design-Builder RAD Technology Medical Systems (RAD), Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert has expanded its radiation oncology program, bringing new treatment expertise to patients at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City under a greatly accelerated schedule. Banner MD Anderson relied on RAD's team of innovators, problem solvers and seasoned medical industry veterans who have worked on cancer care facilities for many years and have developed the unique skill set needed to be an industry leader in the cancer facility market.
The program integrates radiation cancer treatment at all three locations with Banner MD Anderson, including MD Anderson Cancer Center's world-renowned approach to cancer care and access to subspecialty experts in both Gilbert and Houston. Radiation oncology patients will also have access to many of the programs and services offered at the comprehensive cancer center in Gilbert. Eileen Reagan, service director for oncology at Banner Boswell Medical Center mentioned, "We're able to reach farther into the Northwest Valley. We're very excited."
The facts about the new cancer center delineate exactly how unique RAD's patented modular building solution is. The new facility is 5,214 total square feet and it can be relocated, expanded, or left permanently. The building modules arrived on May 11, 2015 and Banner took occupancy on June 29th and the accelerator installation began. Therefore, the entire facility was assembled and made ready in 49 days. The facility consists of 16 separate building modules and parts of the facility were fabricated in Quebec, Indiana, and Arizona. The therapy room is surrounded by over two million pounds of mass to shield the patients, public, and clinicians. The shielding is designed to protect radiation energy levels at 180 times that of a normal diagnostic x-ray. The building includes shielded spaces for a linear accelerator and a CT SIM.
"Offsite or factory modular construction has many advantages over conventional methods," stated RAD President, John Lefkus. "These advantages are most obvious in healthcare facilities where access to the latest cancer treatments can have a profound effect. Once complete, evidence of factory construction does not exist."
The expansion of radiation treatment to Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City will bring the number of facility-based Banner MD Anderson radiation oncology programs beyond the walls of the Gilbert campus to three. These services are also available at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.
"This expansion at Banner Boswell allows us to provide radiation treatment close to where patients live, work collaboratively with physicians in Sun City and surrounding communities, and offer the same high-quality cancer treatment that has made Banner MD Andersen so widely respected," said Dave Cheney, CEO of Banner Boswell. "I'm most proud of this community for their generosity in making this happen."
"Flexibility is one of the hallmarks of the RAD modular approach," Logan Scow, project manager for Banner Health stated. "We can receive an additional vault if our demands increase" when speculating on the growth the region. The patented modular system provided by RAD can accommodate any new demand or technology that Banner Health may seek in the future.
About RAD Technology Medical Systems LLC
RAD Technology Medical Systems provides revolutionary modular radiotherapy vaults and cancer care clinics that can be used as temporary, interim, or permanent facilities. These turnkey solutions are factory-fabricated, eliminating the need for lengthy on-site construction projects, and giving patients access to new treatment options in a matter of weeks or months instead of years. For more information, please visit www.radtechnology.com
SOURCE RAD Technology Medical Systems LLC