October 26, 2001

Cancer Center unveiled

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Dr. Harry Jacobson addressed the crowd at the Hard Hat Tour last week. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Cancer Center

Residents and officials in Williamson County got a sneak peek last week at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Franklin, which is slated to open early next year.

The 8,000-square-foot facility will be the first radiation oncology center in Williamson County.

“This center is going to offer the latest technology right in your backyard,” Dr. Harry R. Jacobson, vice chancellor for Health Affairs, told the more than 50 people who attended the “Hard Hat Tour” last Thursday.

“Your friends, your family, maybe some of you who face cancer, will have the benefit of having the very best treatment close to where you live.”

Dr. Dennis Hallahan, professor and chairman of Radiation Oncology, noted most patients who undergo radiation therapy must have treatment every day for several weeks. He also noted that the technology available in Franklin will be the same as that available at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s main radiation oncology facility in Nashville.

In addition to an opportunity to tour the partially completed center, the event was also a cornerstone celebration. Jacobson and Hallahan were joined in the unveiling by Rogers Anderson, chairman of the Williamson County Commission; Buck Buchanan, chairman of the board of Williamson Medical Center; and Gary Nicholds, interim CEO of Williamson Medical Center.

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Franklin is being built behind the Vanderbilt Health Services Building on Edward Curd Lane, just north of Williamson Medical Center.