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KDH Health annoints new
Cancer Treatment Center

Ribbon-cutting event draws a large crowd

(March 2015) –Dr. John Hossler has lived a cancer-free life but, like most, his life was touched by the disease when his sister died from ovarian cancer a few years ago. Hossler told his emotional story of loss and hope for a cure during a dedication ceremony Feb. 22 to officially open KDH Health’s new Cancer Treatment Center in Madison, Ind.
Hossler was joined by hospital staff, visitors and several cancer survivors and their families, all of whom celebrated the completion of the $11 million facility, which opened two years to the day after the opening of the hospital itself. KDH Health CEO Carol Dozier joined Cancer Center staff and Madison Mayor Damon Welch in a ribbon-cutting prior to the program and open house.

KDH Cancer Center

Photo by Don Ward

KDH Health Cancer Treatment Center staff celebrated the opening of the new facility with a ribbon cutting Feb. 22. Taking part are (from left) Ryan Geib, facility manager; Dr. John Hossler (behind Geib), Lisa Morgan, vice president of patient services; Sue Livers, KDH Foundation director; Carol Dozier, KDH Health CEO; Madison Mayor Damon Welch; Jessica Kietzman, RN and director of oncology services; Beth Meyer, medical physicist; Paula Heiderman, chair of the hospital’s Board of Managers; Candace Sigman, RN charge nurse; and Bree Heinz, radiation therapist.

At the conclusion of his story about his sister, Hossler, who served on the Cancer Center committee, said, “Welcome to this wonderful facility, and I hope you never have to use it.”
Earlier, Dozier welcome guests, describing the new 15,000-square-foot facility as “a community center. It really belongs to everyone, and it really shows what a community can do when they come together to benefit others.”
She credited volunteers, hospital staff and financial support from community donors for making the facility possible. To date, the Hope and Healing Campaign has raised $3.1 million.
“You truly have made this an endeavor of love,” said Sue Livers, KDH Foundation director.  Livers recounted the history and growth of KDH’s cancer treatment center prepared by Dr. Paul Cronen, who could not attend the event. It chronicled KDH’s cancer treatment program, which first opened in 1994 at the downtown location. The new facility is three times larger and features state-of-the-art equipment, plus a comfortable, healing setting for both patients and their families.
“All of us have been touched by cancer in some way,” Livers said.
Paula Heiderman, chair of the hospital’s Board of Managers, said she was proud of the process to design and build a facility with input from physicians and staff from the outset. “I have talked with physicians and staff who are happy to have been brought into the planning at the beginning of the process to help create such a peaceful and private setting for our patients, and they deserve it.”

Photo by Don Ward

KDH Vice President of Patient Services Lisa Morgan (center) gives a tour to Greg Kynion and Valerie Harness of Madison Wal-Mart.


Facilities manager Ryan Geib noted how the facility was constructed in a remarkable 12 months.
The facility features seven infusion bays with large windows and comfortable seating, plus room for a family member or friend to stay. There are also two private infusion bays. The center also has a $2.7 million Varian Clinic iX linear accelerator that rivals any top cancer center in the United States.
The Cancer Center contains private exam rooms and specialty exam rooms. All nurses are oncology certified, which is considered a huge achievement. The center features a covered drop-off area and parking close by. It also has its own $400,000 CT scanner, which helps improve treatment times. It houses nearly $1.4 million in other equipment and software.
And the center is attached to the hospital for easy additional access to medical imaging and laboratory services.
The new Cancer Center opened to service patients the following day, on Feb. 23.

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