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Cancer Treatment Centers of America Selects Philadelphia for Its First East Coast Hospital: Official Introduction, June 28.

PHILADELPHIA -- CTCA Bringing Integrative Cancer Care, State-of-the-Art Technology Closer to East Coast Patients Who Travel Hundreds of Miles to Other CTCA Facilities for Treatment

Cancer Treatment Centers of America introduced its first East Coast hospital at the former Tenet/Parkview Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia today. With a significant renovation investment and 170 new jobs in the first year alone, CTCA will open at 1331 East Wyoming Avenue in November of 2005.

"CTCA came to Philadelphia because our patients asked us to," explained CTCA Philadelphia CEO John McNeil. "Twenty percent of the people we treat come from the East Coast, flying hundreds of miles to our other hospitals. Come November, cancer will have a new enemy in Philadelphia."

"Philadelphia makes great sense for us," added CTCA CEO Steve Bonner. "More and more, it's the recognized hub for healthcare and for cancer research. It is also an easy travel destination in the Northeast, which responds to one of the important requests we get from our patients and their families."

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce President & CEO and Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker highlighted the local benefits of CTCA's choosing Philadelphia. "CTCA is a welcome addition to Greater Philadelphia's medical community, and we are very pleased that they have selected Greater Philadelphia for their first East Coast location. By generating $6 million in the first year, over $22 million by year five, 170 new jobs, and 500 new jobs by year three, CTCA will have a significant impact on our regional economy."

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, CTCA is a privately held network of cancer treatment hospitals and outpatient oncology clinics with locations in Zion, Illinois; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Seattle, Washington.

The Founding of CTCA

Cancer Treatment Centers of America owes its existence to one woman, Mary Brown Stephenson, and her son Richard J Stephenson.

When Mrs. Stephenson battled to overcome her cancer in the 1970s, Mr. Stephenson expected she would receive the most advanced treatment available; but, like many loved ones of cancer patients, he was disappointed when he found there was no "gold standard" for cancer care. Unlike others, Richard turned his frustration into action. He felt that no one should have to endure the insensitive experience that preceded his mother's death.

In her memory, Mr. Stephenson committed his life to setting more than a gold standard; he created the Mother Standard(SM). This higher standard is based on treating patients as we would want our own mothers to be lovingly cared for and carefully nurtured.

And in 1988, Cancer Treatment Centers of America came to life.

One of the only hospitals in the country practicing integrative care, CTCA oncologists work closely with on-staff nutritionists, mind-body therapists, naturopathic doctors, physical therapists and spiritual support to treat the whole person and provide therapeutic outcomes while minimizing side effects. The CTCA team of specialists meets weekly as a group on behalf of each in-patient to ensure that care is total, coordinated and compassionate. In addition, CTCA pioneered Patient Empowerment Medicine(SM), a principle that encourages patients to participate in their treatment options and decisions.

Also contributing to Cancer Treatment Centers of America's status as a destination cancer hospital, CTCA offers hard-to-find treatment technologies and treatment protocols: TomoTherapy(R) radiation treatment to pinpoint and more safely treat cancer; Fractionated Dose Chemotherapy to minimize the side effects of conventional chemotherapy; Chemoembolization; High Dose Rate Brachytherapy and more (refer to "Technology and Advanced Therapies" sheet).

Cancer Treatment Centers of America programs and facilities are accredited, approved or certified by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the nation's predominant standard setting and accrediting body in healthcare; the American College of Surgeons; the College of American Pathology; and the American College of Radiology.

For more information, go to www.cancercenter.com or call 1-800-931-9299.
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