The Great Falls Clinic Hospital is excited to announce a $5 million expansion to its Cancer Center to include a new TrueBeam linear accelerator (LINAC) to further enhance radiation oncology services provided. This new state-of-the-art radiotherapy device offers precise and streamlined treatment, built in patient safety features, and further flexibility to treat more types of cancer in more ways than ever before.
In addition to the new TrueBeam device, the Cancer Center will be renovating multiple offices, exam rooms, and the infusion suite. Fun fact: The Great Falls Clinic Hospital planned for a second LINAC to be added in 2006 when the Specialty Center was initially constructed and at this time, the existing LINAC vault will be renovated to house the new accelerator. A ‘LINAC vault’ is created using a specific structural shielding design involving lead and concreate usually 3-4 feet in thickness. The purpose of a LINAC vault is to shield anyone outside of the room from radiation. In addition to the vault renovation, a new control room is being constructed. Dressing and waiting areas will also expand in size with additional restrooms available. The spaces are projected to be operating by July of 2022.
The growth in the Cancer Center was prompted when medical oncologist and hematologist, Dr. Jessica Kaae, joined the team in 2021 to expand offerings in medical oncology and hematology. Dr. Kaae joined practicing oncologists Dr. Thomas Warr and Dr. Karl Guter and radiation oncologist, Dr. Kelly Underhill. Additionally, the Cancer Center welcomed patient navigator, Sarah Woloszyn, MN, RN, OCN, CNL, to provide critical support for patients through all stages of their cancer journey. A prior authorization specialist was also hired to expedite patient services and assist with navigating patients’ insurances regarding treatment options. The expansion and construction plans will not impact patient care. The Cancer Center team continues to accept new patients.