KentuckyOne Health Expands James Graham Brown Cancer Center Expertise to Flaget Memorial Hospital
Bardstown, Ky. (August 29, 2014) – Flaget Memorial Hospital is now affiliated with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, both part of KentuckyOne Health. The affiliation will bring experts from the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center to Nelson County to collaborate with KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care physicians at Flaget Memorial Hospital.
Joe Shaughnessy, M.D., a radiation oncologist with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will become an active member of the KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care team at Flaget Memorial Hospital.
“Working together with our sister facilities throughout the Commonwealth, we have a unique opportunity to leverage the expertise within KentuckyOne Health to make a significant impact on our community and our patients, especially those right here in Nelson County,” said Sue Downs, president, Flaget Memorial Hospital. “Flaget Memorial Hospital is already a recognized center of excellence in cancer care. Direct access to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the research underway there will enable our physicians to offer even more cutting-edge treatment protocols in the fight against cancer.”
KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care at Flaget Memorial Hospital, formerly known as Flaget Cancer Center, provides full support and cancer care including medical oncology and radiation oncology to patients in Nelson and surrounding counties. It is the community’s first full-service cancer care program and the first in the region to offer radiation oncology.
“With radiation therapy and the application of cutting-edge cancer-fighting technology and techniques, we can provide patients in Nelson and surrounding counties with access to the best cancer care close to home,” said Anthony Dragun, M.D., associate professor, vice chair and residency program director in UofL’s Department of Radiation Oncology and a radiation oncologist at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. “Using a multidisciplinary approach to care, we will develop tailored and individualized treatment plans for each cancer patient based on the latest research and clinical trials available.”
Radiation treatment at Flaget Memorial Hospital is delivered through cutting-edge technology, the Elekta Synergy machine, a fully-digital linear accelerator. The Elekta Synergy has the ability to image during treatment, which targets a tumor more precisely, spares healthy tissue, and results in fewer side effects and greater comfort for patients.
The cancer program at Flaget Memorial Hospital was also granted three-year accreditation with commendation by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
“Cancer is such a devastating disease, but we’re making great strides and it is important to spread our research and efforts to the families of Nelson County,” said Shiao Y. Woo, M.D., M.B.B.S., F.A.C.R., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology in UofL’s School of Medicine.
With an emphasis on translational research, getting effective treatments to patients as quickly as possible, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center is one of America’s finest cancer treatment and research institutions. U.S. News & World Report ranked it as one of the best hospitals in Louisville for 2014-15 for cancer care.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana.