Health care: New facilities and increased services

Health-care services in Tallahassee have taken giant steps forward with more facilities and treatment options to serve residents.

The new Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Cancer Center is a 52,412-square-foot facility at 1775 One Healing Place that hospital officials say brings the most powerful cancer-fighting technologies and tools yet available to the area.

The center houses TMH’s outpatient clinical cancer services, including one of the most advanced linear accelerators in the world for radiation therapy. Having everything in one location benefits patients and TMH’s ability to meet their needs.

“The idea of having one center that kind of encompasses not just radiation therapy but cancer care in general has always been there,” said Dr. Dale Wickstrum, radiation oncologist and medical team member. “This is the culmination of those thoughts and ideas that have gone on over the years.”

Capital Regional Medical Center opened its new Comprehensive Breast Center, which provides screenings, diagnosis and treatment all under one roof.

The center features the most advanced cancer-fighting technology, including HDR Brachytherapy, Radiosurgery and Mammosite, so that women can get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

“With the proper education and screening, the proper equipment and technology, the right team and right personalities, we can catch this early with a lot less stress for everyone involved,” Dr. Roy Schwartz said of treating breast cancer.

CRMC also expanded hospital services to the Quincy area with the opening of its Gadsden Memorial Campus. That hospital is a 24-hour facility with emergency care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory and full medical and nursing staff.

The Red Hills Surgical Center, a new facility of 17,000 square feet on Surgeons Drive, is the latest addition to the 86-acre medical complex east of TMH. The center is the result of a joint venture between TMH and 35 local physicians from various medical practices.

While TMH has surgical suites, including outpatient facilities, it was difficult for all the doctors to schedule the operating-room time they needed, given that facilities here draw patients from Leon and the surrounding 14 counties.

The Red Hills Surgical Center features five operating rooms and several pre-op and recovery rooms. The facility is used by physicians representing five medical specialties — otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), orthopedic surgery, general surgery, ophthalmology and gynecology.