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LCCC-Meadows Alliance Offers State-of-the-Art Cancer Care

The alliance of Low Country Cancer Care (LCCC) and the Tommy & Shirley Strickland Cancer Center at Memorial Health Meadows Hospital in Vidalia was celebrated on June 21 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house attended by the community and officials for LCCC and Meadows.

LCCC in partnership with the American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) opened the new practice location at the Strickland Cancer Center on May 4. The state-of-the-art facility will enable LCCC to expand its comprehensive range of medical oncology and hematology services for the treatment of cancers and blood disorders. Enhanced technology includes expanded oral oncolytic outpatient pharmacy, pathology, and central laboratory services and care management. Meadows Chief Executive Officer Matt Hasbrouck, said, “This is bringing care closer to home at its finest. We will have a network that brings cancer treatment expertise that we may not have had access to before, and I’m excited that Low Country and our cancer center will be here to care for this great community.”

Hasbrouck said the cancer center will have five oncologists coordinating their time in Vidalia, as well as advanced practitioners in cancer care. In addition, the medical facility will be recruiting an additional oncologist who will work full-time in Vidalia.

Among those who spoke at the June 21 ceremony was Samantha Walker, Director of Cancer Care Services, who said the strength of this new facility is the healthcare providers— the physicians, nurses and staff.

“All of us have been touched by cancer in some way, so I am grateful that our Vidalia community will continue to have access to the very best services and technology when it comes to cancer care and treatments.”

LCCC Physician Dr. George Negrea noted, “With the American Cancer Society estimating close to 59,000 new cancer cases in the state of Georgia for 2022, this partnership between Low Country Cancer Care and Meadows Health is important to help with physician coverage and advanced treatments.”

LCCC Physician Dr. Sreekanth Reddy discussed the commitment to continue to enhance oncology services locally with 8 private exam rooms, 13 infusion chairs, with inhouse lab, pathology, oral oncolytic pharmacy, infusion and pharmacy services all under one roof.

He pointed out that the Center offers personalized care as the LCCC team takes the time to get to know each patient and tailors treatment with support to meet their needs.

Reddy explained the Center’s care management program expands its reach outside the walls of our office. Specialized oncology care nurses assist patients with managing symptoms, providing nutritional guidance and financial counseling. Collaboration with local care providers will support oncology/hematology needs in Vidalia and the surrounding communities.

John Koon, Chairman of the Greater Vidalia Chamber, who also attended the June 21 event, commented, “We all know that strong healthcare is vital to any community. Low Country Cancer Care is great for patients having access to the most advanced technology and treatments, but the clinic is also great for the Vidalia area, helping with job growth, offering positions in healthcare for both medical and administrative jobs.” Koon concluded, “This facility symbolizes one of our most important healthcare assets locally. Having local access to the most advanced resources, and highest-level of care available in our community for those battling cancer and the family and caregivers who support them is an invaluable resource.”

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