Blacksburg, Virginia, June 18, 2012 – Blue Ridge Cancer Care and LewisGale Regional Health System are collaborating to offer a new, convenient location for cancer patient services and other complementary specialty services to patients. Site work on the 13,000-square-foot facility is set to begin later this month with construction starting in November.

To celebrate, officials from LewisGale Regional Health System, Blue Ridge Cancer Care, Montgomery County and the project’s developer, Snyder & Associates, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony today at the site of the future facility.  

“This new collaboration is just one more example of our commitment to bring new services to Southwest Virginia and ensure access to specialized care,” stated Victor Giovanetti, president, LewisGale Regional Health System. “We are committed to making healthcare more accessible and convenient for patients throughout the region and in the New River Valley.”
“Our new cancer center will continue to offer patients throughout Southwest Virginia continued            state-of-the-art care and access to cutting-edge research, all in a setting close to home,” said Harry McCoy, M.D., medical oncologist, Blue Ridge Cancer Care. “We are focused on providing our patients with top of the line treatment options in a compassionate and caring environment. With a growing research and clinical trials program, this facility will enable us to treat more patients in need of these services. My colleagues, our nurses and staff look forward to continuing our long-standing commitment to our community in this new location.”  

Blue Ridge Cancer Care will relocate its Market Street practice to the new facility. The 12,000-square-foot clinic will be double the size of the current site and include 20 chemotherapy infusion bays, community facilities for support groups and events, and a state-of-the-art pharmacy for onsite chemotherapy admixture. Other services will include research, clinical trials, a full service laboratory and benefit specialists to assist patients.

"Blue Ridge Cancer Care is committed to providing patients with the high-quality care that they need and deserve,” said Greg Cain, executive director, Blue Ridge Cancer Care. “With the growing demand for our services, this new facility offers patients throughout Southwest Virginia access to BRCC's array of oncology and hematology services, coupled with services from LewisGale Regional Health System, all in one convenient location."

The new facility will also house LewisGale Blacksburg Specialty Center. The 1,000-square-foot center will offer complementary cancer services including genetic counseling, gynecologic oncology, mental health support and surgical care.

“Our goal is to offer services that provide cancer patients with a more complete spectrum of care to better meet their healthcare needs,” said Scott Hill, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.

The specialty center is expected to open December of 2013.