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OGH Celebrates Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center Opening

Posted on: 05/20/2009

Cancer patients in the Southern Tier have significantly easier access to world-class radiation therapy services now that Olean General Hospital, in collaboration with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, has opened the Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center.*


A special open house ceremony included honors for Mildred Milliman, for whom the Center is named. Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of Olean General Hospital, said naming the center after Mildred Milliman was an easy decision.


“This naming is in appreciation for Mildred’s exemplary generosity over the years in support of the hospital and its mission of care and service,” said Mr. Finan.  “She has given both extraordinary financial support and her time and talents.  She has always believed in the continued advancement of cancer care, so it is fitting that, as we forge this partnership with Roswell Park – one of the most respected names in cancer care – this Center bear the name of Mildred Milliman.”


One of the anchors of the Radiation Medicine Center is the Varian Linear Accelerator. This state-of-the-art radiation therapy technology allows patients in Olean to receive the same level of radiation medicine that cancer patients receive at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.  The linear accelerator is designed to deliver Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), which enables radiation oncologists to deliver treatment more accurately. The equipment also provides respiratory gating and portal imaging to target tumors more precisely.


This top-tier technology allows the Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center to treat all cancers that respond to radiation therapy, including prostate, breast, head and neck, lung, colorectal, and brain tumors.


“Through this collaborative agreement with Olean General Hospital, we will provide more cancer patients with access to the newest and best radiation cancer treatments available − treatments that can improve survival and quality of life,” said Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, President & CEO, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. “The integrated approach between Olean General and Roswell Park allows patients to receive world-class radiation oncology care right in their own community, with added comfort and convenience.”


Under the terms of a clinical services agreement for radiation medicine, Roswell Park Cancer Institute provides a full-time, on-site radiation oncology physician and on-site full-time medical physicist to treat patients at the center and oversee all treatment planning and quality assurance activities.


In addition to the linear accelerator, the center also has a CT simulator for treatment planning. Advanced CT/PET scanning is available on the Olean General Hospital campus to complement treatment options. The Center also offers advanced teleconferencing, which allows radiation oncologists in Olean to consult in real time with staff at Roswell Park in Buffalo.


“More than half of all cancer patients are treated with some kind of radiation therapy during the course of their cancer treatment, making radiation therapy one of the most critical and lifesaving procedures provided,” said Michael Kuettel, MD, PhD, MBA, the Barbara C. and George H. Hyde Chair in Radiation Medicine, RPCI.  “Sophisticated technologies, along with highly skilled Roswell Park faculty members located at Olean General Hospital, will combine several new layers of experience, knowledge and technology for the benefit of radiation cancer patients.”


The Center also features a special Cancer Research Center and Library located just off the main waiting area.  Made possible through a generous donation of $25,000 by Dresser Rand, the Resource area features plenty of literature, videos, and materials from the American Cancer Society.

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