A Los Angeles-based health care company has tentatively agreed to establish a comprehensive outpatient cancer center network in Kansas with the first center to be located at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
The company, Salick Health Care Inc., provides outpatient care and currently operates eight outpatient cancer centers in California, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bernard Salick, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Salick Health Care Inc., said today that the agreement is pending approval by the Board of Regents.
Asked why KU was chosen as a site, Salick said the company, which specializes in cancer and dialysis, was interested in locating a center in the Midwest. He said the state has a "very fine medical school" in KU.
"KANSAS WOULD be a perfect place," Salick said, adding that most comprehensive centers are located on the East and West coasts.
After getting under way at KU, Salick said satellite centers would be opened in different areas of the state.
Salick estimated the cost of the project between $15 million and $20 million, which would be funded by Salick Health Care.
If approved by the regents, Salick said the center at KU could be open by spring.
In a news release, KU Chancellor Gene Budig said, "This is a vital part in our five-year goal for KU Medical Center to become a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer."
If approved, the center would provide cancer patients with the latest diagnostic and treatment advances in radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, chemotherapy, surgical procedures, breast cancer programs, psychosocial programs and pain management. Ancillary services such as laboratory and pharmacy service, genetic and nutritional counseling and home care also would be offered.
SALICK SAID offering comprehensive care at one site "drastically" improves the treatment environment while reducing the overall cost of providing care.
Glenn Potter, vice chancellor for hospital administration at KUMC, said in a news release that the agreement would allow the med center to upgrade facilities and equipment, bring together a highly specialized professional staff trained in cancer care and obtain direct access to the latest advancements in treatment protocols.