Growing number of treatment centers thanks to ProCure

ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. , the private proton therapy center development group based in Bloomington, Indiana, is bringing superior treatment to U.S. cancer patients with a simpler, more accessible business approach for medical teams.

The ProCure business model overcomes the need for physician specialists to be real estate developers and facility managers. Instead, hospital groups and radiation oncology practices can do what they do best: oversee clinical operations at ProCure Proton Therapy centers. ProCure secures project financing, oversees design and construction, and maintains facility ownership and operational responsibility. By 2012, patients will be treated at three ProCure facilities in the United States.

John Cameron, Ph.D., the nuclear physicist who founded ProCure in 2005, has kept his company focused on fulfilling its mission: to make proton therapy a viable and accessible option for people with cancer. “It is extraordinary how far we have come in five years, despite the struggling global economy,” Cameron says. “We completed our first proton therapy center in Oklahoma City last year, and we’ll have a facility opening in Illinois this November and a third in New Jersey in 2012.”

Clinical care at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is delivered by the physician specialists of Radiation Medicine Associates. The center is affiliated with INTEGRIS HealthThe CDH Proton Center , is affiliated with Central DuPage Hospital in Warrenville, Illinois, near Chicago. Clinical services at the Illinois facility will be directed by physician specialists from Radiation Oncology Consultants, one of the largest private practice radiation oncology groups in the state.  Additional cancer care services will be provided by Central DuPage Hospital. The physician specialists of Princeton Radiation Oncology will provide clinical care at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center, located in Somerset,New Jersey. The facility will be affiliated with the CentraState Health System of Freehold, New Jersey.

To optimize patient access, each of the new facilities will utilize a 360-degree gantry room, a fixed-beam room and two inclined-beam rooms. A Robotic Patient Positioning System will adjust the patient alignment to ensure optimal beam delivery. Applying learnings from its Oklahoma City project, ProCure has reduced the time frames for construction and equipment installation at both newer projects by about three months after beating the prior U.S. record by nine months in the development of the Oklahoma center.