The new Northeastern Nevada Radiation Oncology Center, under construction in Elko, Nevada, is expected to be fully operational by mid-June, according to Dr. Douglas Debenham, board certified radiation oncologist and medical director. The center is a partnership between Debenham, RBS Evolution (RBSE), a provider of cancer treatment centers in underserved communities, and Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital.
“We are already making appointments to see patients in April for their initial consultations,” said Debenham. “We are also available to see patients who have already had their treatments, but need follow up care.”
When fully operational, the center will be open Monday through Friday, and Dr. Debenham and staff will be on site full time so that patients will not have to wait for an appointment.
“As we get out and meet more people in the community, we often hear that travel to and from cancer treatments has been a burden for many families,” says Brian Hulse, Lead Therapist and new Elko resident. “We are excited to be able to make a difference by allowing patients the option of being treated close to home.”
The facility is being built on the campus of Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, allowing patients easy access to the hospital’s imaging department, as well as other physicians and services. The center will feature the Elekta Synergy, a radiation treatment system with an integrated 3D imaging system that allows physicians to more precisely target tumors with radiation beams. This brand new state-of-the-art linear accelerator is equivalent to or better than the radiation therapy equipment used in neighboring large cities. External beam radiation, as well as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), will be available.
Plans are also underway for Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital to lease a portion of the space for an infusion suite that will offer all the same infusion and chemotherapy services currently offered in the hospital. An opening date for the infusion suite has not formally been announced.
Rick Palagi, CEO of Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital added, “NNRH is excited to be able to have the new radiation cancer center on our campus. Very soon patients will be able to receive their much needed treatments closer to home and we are thrilled to be a part of that and to contribute to the expansion of available cancer treatment services in northeastern Nevada.”
To schedule an appointment, please call 844.401.4673. For more information, please visit www.NortheasternRadiation.com.