2009-10-02 / Community

$600,000 Allocated For PHC Cancer Center

By Nicholas Briano

Robert V. Levine, president and Chief Executive Officer of PHC, talks about the importance of the contribution and how it will improve the hospital's cancer treatment center. Robert V. Levine, president and Chief Executive Officer of PHC, talks about the importance of the contribution and how it will improve the hospital's cancer treatment center. State Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith and Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer presented a $600,000 check on Tuesday to Peninsula Hospital Center for new cancer center equipment.

The money will be specifically used to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment that will improve the hospital's radiation oncology department.

"We are extremely grateful for Senator Smith's efforts on behalf of Peninsula Hospital Center," Robert V. Levine, president and Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Hospital Center said. "In response to community needs, the Hospital Center is expanding its Cancer Care Center and this $600,000 will enable us to bring exceptional cancer care to so many here in the Rockaways and surrounding communities - close to home."

The 102-year-old hospital will purchase a new linear accelerator, and CT Simulator. The linear accelerator is technology that provides pin-point radiation treatment to shrink cancer tumors, and works with the CT Simulator as a planning guide for the oncologist. PHC will become the sole local provider of such technology.

Senator Smith and Assemblywoman Pheffer present a $600,000 check to PHC. Senator Smith and Assemblywoman Pheffer present a $600,000 check to PHC. "Cancer patients can now receive the quality health care they deserve close to home, with the $600,000 funding allocation I have secured for Peninsula Hospital Center to acquire new medical equipment to aid in their battle against cancer," Smith said. "This money will allow Peninsula Hospital Center to continue providing treatment that will extend and improve quality of life for people under their care."

Senator Malcolm Smith with one of PHC's physicians. Senator Malcolm Smith with one of PHC's physicians.

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