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Published on February 24, 2016

Clark Cancer Center Celebrates Five Years

Five years ago this week, the Clark Cancer Center opened at Falmouth Hospital to offer close-to-home radiation oncology services to the people of the Upper Cape. The Center continues to provide the latest cancer treatment to our community.

The 10,000-square-foot Center was made possible through a transformative $10 million donation from the late James Clark and his wife, Ruth of Falmouth. The Clarks’ gift was a direct reflection of their memory of long drives to Boston for radiation treatments each of them had to undergo at different times in their lives, and their wish to help others.

“Cancer patients have to come for six to eight weeks for treatment and they can be very sick,” Clark radiation oncologist Daniel Canaday, MD, said at the time Clark opened. “It’s almost impossible for some of them (to travel far for treatment), they are in such a weakened condition.”

Also instrumental in making Clark Cancer Center a reality was a $1 million donation from the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary, which was the largest gift the organization had made up until then.

“The magnitude of these gifts allowed us to build this state-of-the-art facility,” Dr. Canaday said.

Clark Cancer Center, which partners with Shields Health Care Group, is staffed by board-certified radiation oncologists Molly Sullivan, MD; Basia McAnaw, MD; Jeffrey Martin, MD; and Dr. Canaday. They are part of the Cape Cod Healthcare Regional Cancer Network, which coordinates cancer care across the CCHC continuum, including at Davenport-Mugar Cancer Center at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod.

“This five-year anniversary for Clark Cancer Center highlights the vision we have had for Cape Cod Healthcare, which is creating more access to quality healthcare services on Cape Cod,” said Michael Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “We want to ensure that people in our community have the care they need, when they need it, where it is most convenient for them. The opening of Clark in 2011 was among the first of a full slate of important improvements and additions to services that we have made to the Upper Cape and throughout Cape Cod over the last several years; and we are not done. More patient-centered, quality facilities and services are planned for our community in 2016 and beyond, so that the people of Cape Cod have access to the latest, best, most cost-effective healthcare available.”

Since opening its doors in 2011, the Clark Cancer Center has seen nearly 1,400 patients and provided nearly 30,000 treatments. Once a referral is made to Clark, the patient is seen within two days, unless there is a specific request by the patient or referring physician.

Clark offers state-of-the-art equipment, such as the Varian IX Linear Accelerator, the Topex Superficial Unit and the GE Simulator. Clark is capable of multiple modalities of radiation therapy, as well as 3D, 4D, Rapid Arc, IMRT, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, KV Superficial, Electron Therapy and Prostate Seed Implantation.

Among the other improvements CCHC has made to the Upper Cape over the last five years:

  • Seifer Women’s Health and Imaging Center – a new facility at Falmouth Hospital
  • The Medical Office Building – renovations to the office building at Falmouth Hospital 
  • Falmouth Hospital Outpatient Surgical Center – renovations to the facility in North Falmouth
  • A new patient care unit at Falmouth Hospital, and a hospital-wide renovation of rooms and a transformation to all private rooms. 
  • Stoneman Outpatient Center - the Center on Route 130 in Sandwich was renovated and expanded and now provides enhanced primary care, specialty care, imaging services, Cape Cod Healthcare Laboratory Services and a new Urgent Care Center.

Coming in 2016:

  • Urgent Care Center – a new facility, offering the CCHC urgent care model featuring care by emergency room-trained physicians, will open on Route 28 in Falmouth in the spring

Media Inquiries

All media inquiries should be directed to Robin Lord, Director of Communications.

Phone: 508-862-7891

Cell: 774-236-9602

rlord@capecodhealth.org