Mercy to acquire local cancer-care facilities

Doctors and staff become hospital employees

Mercy Regional Medical Center on Tuesday will acquire Southwest Oncology and Durango Cancer Center.

The former is a medical oncology practice that offers chemotherapy and symptom management.

The latter is a radiation oncology practice that has a linear accelerator and offers external beam radiation.

“We are pleased to welcome these talented providers and the clinic staffs to Mercy,” CEO Kirk Dignum said in a statement. “It is essential that high-quality cancer care be available in the region and to keep patients close to home.”

Radiation oncologist Dr. Steven Bush, medical oncologists and hematologists Dr. Cynthia Cathcart and Dr. Maureen Cooper, and nurse practitioner Julie MacCluskey will become Mercy employees along with 29 staff members of the two clinics.

Dr. Jesse Hutt will continue to provide pediatric oncology/hematology services at Southwest Oncology.

Durango Cancer Center, which opened in 1994, offers radiation therapy and follow-up care for cancer patients. These services complement the advanced diagnostic services, nutrition counseling, surgical care and hospice care offered through Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Southwest Oncology provides medical treatment including chemotherapy, symptom management and follow-up care to people who have received a diagnosis of cancer.

Both oncology practices are located in Mercy Medical Plaza, the medical office building attached to the hospital.

The two oncology practices will be integrated into the statewide Centura Health Cancer Network, which is comprised of five hospital-based programs, including Mercy Regional Medical Center’s.

Southwest Oncology is the only oncology practice in Colorado to be recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for its rigorous standards and quality of care.

daler@durangoherald.com

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