Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been looking for a full-time staff oncologist, and it appears to have found one from among its own board of trustees.
Dr. Matt Stein, a specialist in oncology and internal medicine, was tentatively approved for the position Wednesday by the board.
Full approval will wait until the board receives more detailed financial information concerning the hospital's plan to develop a full-service oncology unit.
Dr. Ronald Stephens, medical director of the oncology program, has been planning the development of the unit but had not want to become full-time. He will work with Stein to develop the program.
At the suggestion of board member Dr. Raymond Davis, a Lawrence physician, LMH chief executive Gene Meyer was asked to provide more financial information concerning revenue and expenses that a full-service oncology unit will generate.
Meyer said he would have the information at the next meeting.
Stein currently practices with Lawrence Internal Medicine Group, and about half of his patients are oncology patients, he said. His practice will continue until he joins the hospital staff in July, he said.
Additional oncology staff will have to be hired in the future, Meyer said.
Stein will have to leave the board when he takes the new position.