Hospital to Install New Linear Accelerator

Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty (Sheridan Media file photo)
Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty (Sheridan Media file photo)

The new Welch Cancer Center will have a new Linear Accelerator – the machine used with cancer patients for external beam linear radiation treatments – which will be installed in the facility on September 8. Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty tells us about the updated equipment.

During the meeting McCafferty said that these machines typically are replaced about every seven years but because Sheridan Memorial Hospital doesn't treat as high of a volume of cancer patients, theirs is more than 10 years old. He added that this new "lineac" will be more efficient in radiation treatments as it concentrates only on the cancerous area better by adapting to the patient's breathing.

The installation will take a few weeks, and patients receiving treatment will be moved to Gillette as a part of the transition process McCafferty mentioned.

Hospital Foundation Director Ada Kirven said that the fundraising for the Welch Cancer center sits at $2.8 million, as of Wednesday Aug. 10.

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