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The original alliance between Riverside Health System and the University of Virginia brought stereotactic surgery with the Gamma Knife (in June 2006) and Synergy S (in May 2007) to the Peninsula; it drew on the expertise of pioneering practitioners from the University of Virginia, where the Gamma Knife was first used in 1989. Stereotactic surgery, which uses a three-dimensional coordinant system to precisely deliver radiation, allows patients to avoid surgical incisions and long hospital stays and reduces recovery time. In addition to its use in
There are only two other locations with Gamma Knife technology in the state, in Richmond and
Eighteen months ago, when Chesapeake Regional applied for a Certificate of Public Need to offer similar services at its cancer center, it was denied. That's when Riverside approached the center and negotiations for a three-party agreement with the University of Virginia ensued, according to Wynn L. Dixon, Jr., Chesapeake Regional's president and CEO. "It has taken us a little bit longer than we'd hoped," said Bill Downey, president and CEO of Riverside.
At the announcement, Bob
Under the agreement, Chesapeake patients will initially receive treatment in Newport News. "Our goal is that when we're consistently sending between 70 and 100 patients a year to them, then we'll be able to bring the technology here," says Barbara Bellido, Chesapeake's director of oncology.