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KDH Health to open Cancer Center

'Hope & Healing Campaign' raised funds
for new center on Madison's hilltop

(February 2015) – Plans are under way to dedicate the $11 million Cancer Treatment Center at King’s Daughters’ Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 22, in a program that starts at 2 p.m. The community will be able to tour the spacious and comfortable new center from 1-4 p.m.  On Feb. 23, the Cancer Treatment Center will open for new state-of-the-art treatment. All current patients will be transferred there from the downtown facility.
Thanks to the successful capital campaign, “Hope and Healing,” the community has donated $3.1 million toward the new cancer treatment center, according to Carol Dozier, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “We are very thankful for that,” she said.

Dozier, Morgan

Photo by Alice Jane Smith

From left, Lisa Morgan, V.P. of patient services, and KDH CEO Carol Dozier pose inside the hospital’s new Cancer Center lobby. The center is scheduled to open Feb. 23, following a dedication ceremony on Feb. 22.


The hospital committed $7 million toward the cost of the cancer center. Fifty active volunteers have assisted with the Hope and Healing Campaign Executive Committee to raise funds. Tony Waltz chairs the committee, and Roger Williams is the vice chair.
“We are extraordinarily happy with the success of the campaign,” said Peter Woodburn, campaign consultant from Woodburn & Kyle Co. “We still are collecting at this point in time, and people still are giving. This is one of the largest campaigns the community has had. I am very proud of the community.”
The facility is attached to the new hospital on the hilltop. It is three times larger than the current one, which opened downtown in 1988. Dozier said the hospital simply outgrew its current space.
Moreover, patients often have had to drive out of state to Cincinnati or Louisville, Ky., or even the Indiana cities of Bloomington, Columbus or Jeffersonville to receive treatment. The new Cancer Treatment Center will make it possible for more people to get treatment at home, reducing the stress of these logistical problems, hospital officials say.
It is anticipated that the new Cancer Treatment Center will become a resource for patients in a five- or six-county region. Internally, it is hoped that paperwork will be streamlined with facilities consolidated.

Lisa Morgan

Photo by Alice Jane Smith

Lisa Morgan, R.N., and V.P. of patient services, poses beside one of the new Cancer Center treatment machines.


In terms of technology, the new center will provide two “very special things,” Dozier said.
They include a CT scanner that will be located within the center so that patients do not have to go to the hospital, to the radiology department there or anywhere else. A second amenity is a linear accelerator, which delivers radiation beams to the site of the cancer at such an exacting level that it adjusts to one’s breathing. This piece of equipment will reduce treatment times and enable the hospital to treat more types of cancers, Dozier said.
With just under a month to go, Dozier notes the personal touches that the Cancer Center offers, such as the large family room and the fireplace. Dramatic spherical light fixtures decorate the high-ceiled room, which has a seating area around the fireplace. Chemotherapy patients will be able to sit in chairs that overlook gardens or the pond, frequently occupied by geese. The facility is light and airy, especially in comparison to the dark and cramped downtown facility.
Ty Walker, the bulldog who is a registered pet therapy partner, will move to the new center along with handler, Chelsie Bentz, clinical oncology pharmacist, and other staff. Staff and patients can’t do without him and his therapeutic touch.
Lisa Morgan, R.N., is vice president of patient services. She has headed a team that has done an extensive amount of design planning and coordination with the staff. Clearly, she is proud of the KDH team. 
“I feel proudest of their dedication to the department and the patients,” she said. “In oncology, you often don’t see patients who are at their ‘best,’” she said, because of the severity and strain of their illnesses. Yet, the KDH staff work hard to establish rapport with patients who are there under difficult and trying circumstances.

The KDH staff members go to work daily, and they have lots of longevity on the job, she noted. When the facility opens, the KDH Foundation’s stated goal will be fulfilled, as the hospital provides “the highest quality of cancer care, close to home.”

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