FLORENCE, Ala. – Looking to enhance healthcare services in the Shoals, officials with Northwest Alabama Cancer Care LLC, a partnership between RCHP Florence LLC and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, have filed a Letter of Intent with the State of Alabama Certificate of Need Board for construction of Northwest Alabama Cancer Center.
This comprehensive cancer treatment facility would expand ECM Hospital’s current treatment services, while adding the latest technology and resources from the UAB Health System.
“We are excited to join our partners at the UAB Health System as we take this first step in developing a comprehensive regional cancer center,” said Russell Pigg, Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital CEO. “It is imperative that people from North Alabama and beyond be able to receive advanced levels of cancer care close to home. I’m hopeful the Certificate of Need process moves quickly because it can impact so many patients and families fighting cancer.”
With construction on track at the site of ECM Hospital’s replacement facility, the cancer center is slated to be built adjacent to North Alabama Medical Center, along Veterans Drive in Florence. The location of Northwest Alabama Cancer Center allows for better integration that will make cancer treatment easier and more convenient for patients.
“As we continue to expand the presence of the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network around Alabama and beyond, we are looking forward to extending the knowledge and presence of UAB cancer and radiation oncology services to the residents of northwest Alabama,” said Dr. Jim Bonner, chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UAB.
ECM Hospital first partnered with UAB in 2011 for a strategic collaboration. “UAB has been a great partner for our hospital and our community,” Pigg said. “This cancer center partnership more closely aligns North Alabama Medical Center with the UAB Health System, the state’s leading health organization. We are committed to providing the highest-quality compassionate health care, and we’re confident this association with the UAB Health System will help achieve that commitment. This partnership will bring UAB cancer knowledge and therapies to this part of the state, which is a huge asset to patients and shows our interest as an organization in enhancing quality clinical care and new services.”
Construction for Northwest Alabama Cancer Center will begin as soon as the Certificate of Need application is approved.