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Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center Affiliated with IU Simon Cancer Center

IU Simon Cancer CenterThe 14,000 sq. ft. Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is affiliated with Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

As he made the announcement during a press conference in March 2007, hospital President and CEO Ray Snowden recognized the long-standing tradition of excellence at IU Simon Cancer Center (IUSCC), stating, “We’re very pleased, at Memorial Hospital, to partner with Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center to bring a higher level of clinical, research and educational components to our new Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center.  Indiana University is world renowned for its research and patient care excellence and offers diagnostic, treatment, and prevention regimens not available elsewhere.  We look forward to working with their outstanding team of physicians and clinicians to provide the best possible cancer care right here in Dubois County.”

IU Simon Cancer Center is an Indiana University School of Medicine and Clarian Health partnership, establishing a state-wide health care delivery system supported by the scientific resources of the medical school.  IUSCC/Clarian Cancer administrator Fuad M. Hammoudeh responded, “This premier affiliation signals a new threshold in integrating clinical advancements with patient-centered care.  We welcome this opportunity to coordinate and collaborate with Memorial Hospital to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their loved ones by sharing the IUSCC mission of advancing the understanding, prevention and treatment of cancer throughout Indiana and the world.”

In his remarks, Snowden also recognized Jim Birk, a local cancer survivor and member of the IU Simon Cancer Center Development Board, for taking the steps needed to initiate discussion about an affiliation with Indiana University in early 2006.  He noted, “Jim’s involvement, interest and countless hours have helped make this affiliation a reality, and we appreciate what he’s done for us.”In his remarks, Snowden also recognized Jim Birk, a local cancer survivor and member of the IU Simon Cancer Center Development Board, for taking the steps needed to initiate discussion about an affiliation with Indiana University in early 2006.  He noted, “Jim’s involvement, interest and countless hours have helped make this affiliation a reality, and we appreciate what he’s done for us.”

The affiliation agreement between IUSCC and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center encompasses three main areas of expertise including clinical, research, and educational components.  The clinical component ensures priority for Memorial’s referring physicians and their patients, offers IUSCC as a resource for second opinions, and provides access to reports, results, etc.  Participation in clinical trials as well as in the Hoosier Oncology Group will be available through the research component.  Educational opportunities will be provided to Memorial Hospital’s staff via video conferencing, participation in grand rounds and conferences, special education venues, lectures from IU faculty, and training for non-physician staff.

Nearly 40,000 patients turn to the IU Simon Cancer Center for cancer care each year seeking the multidisciplinary team approach pioneered in Indiana by their disease-specific clinical care programs.  It is Indiana’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center providing patient care.  Memorial Hospital will have the additional resource of IUSCC’s $150 million, 405,000-square foot, fully-integrated cancer care facility combining inpatient, outpatient and support services currently under construction on the IU Indianapolis campus and set to open in October 2008.

The Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center is located at Memorial Hospital’s Dorbett Street entrance and includes radiation and medical oncology as well as integrative therapies and an information resource center.  Radiation oncology utilizes a new linear accelerator with special IMRT technology for treating prostate cancer as well as some breast, lung, head and neck cancers.  IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy) is designed to deliver precise radiation doses to a malignant tumor and was not previously available in Dubois and surrounding counties.

The treatment center for medical oncology, where patients receive chemotherapy, is designed for eight patients.  The center also offers integrative therapies, combining the best of traditional medicine with complementary healing techniques, and an information resource center for patients and their families.

BSA LifeStructures designed the facility, Maregatti Interiors provided the interior design services, and Streicher Construction served as the general contractor.  A key element in the design is a stone wall that flows through the interior, organizing the space and ending at an outdoor water feature. This stone wall includes four niches, which hold original artwork designed especially for the cancer center by local artist Nick Ring.  Natural light is maximized and an earth-tone color scheme is used throughout the facility.

The cost of the cancer center at nearly $7 million was funded through a capital campaign by Memorial Hospital Foundation.  The facility is named “Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center” in recognition of a very generous donation made by Clem and Mary (Fuhs) Lange who, along with their family, are owners of Best Home Furnishings/Best Chairs, Inc. located in Ferdinand, Indiana.