By HCO Staff
BEAUMONT, Texas—Texas Oncology, one of the largest community-based oncology practices in the U.S., marked on October 13 the opening of its new 32,000-square-foot cancer care center, located on the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth campus. The new, larger center was built to enable Texas Oncology to provide an enhanced patient experience while meeting the growing need for cancer care in Beaumont and throughout Southeast Texas. The center provides a wide range of services, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, chemotherapy, genetic counseling, and lab services, as well as clinical trials. Radiation services will be provided in collaboration with CHRISTUS Health.
“Texas Oncology’s pioneering approach to community-based cancer care brought high-quality care to Beaumont more than 30 years ago. Our new center delivers on our continuing promise to be the cancer care provider of choice, with local care that is less disruptive to patients’ overall lives,” said Scott A. McKenney, M.D., FACP, medical director and medical oncologist and hematologist at Texas Oncology–Beaumont.
The new cancer center optimizes space for better patient care and is a major expansion for Texas Oncology–Beaumont, doubling the number of infusion chairs available for patients. The center also features the newest generation Varian TrueBeam® linear accelerator for radiation treatment and radioisotope therapy. An on-site medically integrated pharmacy, fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare, provides convenient, customized service in filling prescriptions and assisting patients with managing medications, such as immunotherapy.
“Our patients in Beaumont will benefit from the advantages that our new, modern facility offers, with a continuing opportunity to access innovative cancer treatment, administered by a compassionate team of oncology experts,” said Steven Paulson, M.D., president and chairman of the board for Texas Oncology. “Investing in our facilities demonstrates our commitment to always working to improve the quality of care we provide in the communities we serve across Texas.”
President and chief executive officer of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System, Paul Trevino, said, “Having access to exceptional cancer care close to home is vital for our residents. Through our collaboration with Texas Oncology, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System will continue to ensure high-quality and compassionate cancer expertise and treatment is available for our residents who need it most.”
The new cancer center, located at 3010 Harrison Avenue, was developed by Cottonwood Development, and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. served as the general contractor.