July 14, 2015

$18 million investment will bring innovative cancer care and treatment closer to home for people in Sumner County and surrounding communities

HighPoint Health System and Sumner Regional Medical Center today celebrated the groundbreaking of the Carpenter Cancer Center at Sumner Station in Gallatin. The state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility, which features17,000-square-feet of new construction, represents an $18 million investment in bringing innovative cancer care and treatment to residents of Sumner County and surrounding communities.  It is named in honor of LifePoint Health Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William F. (Bill) Carpenter III.


Carpenter Cancer Center logoPlans for the new Carpenter Cancer Center were unveiled at a special ground breaking event at Sumner Station. Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown and Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt joined HighPoint Health System CEO Susan Peach, oncologists Dr. Dianna Shipley, Dr. Rob McClure, and Bill Carpenter to discuss services, programs and technology that would be available at the cancer center.


“The Carpenter Cancer Center is a dream come true for us,” said Peach. “We’ve been proud to offer the residents of Sumner County radiation oncology and infusion therapy on campus at Sumner Regional Medical Center for almost 20 years.  Now, we’ll be able to offer more comprehensive services in one beautiful and convenient location, with the addition of the PET CT, a newer, more advanced linear accelerator, support groups, and nurse navigation under one roof.  We are so proud of this development and honored to name it after Bill Carpenter, whose support of our health system and the communities it serves has made this project possible.”

HighPoint Health System became part of LifePoint Health in 2010. With the $18 million investment in the Carpenter Cancer Center, LifePoint has invested nearly $60 million in HighPoint Health System’s hospitals, including Sumner Regional Medical Center, over the last five years.   


“I am humbled and honored that the HighPoint and Sumner teams wanted to use my name for this new cancer center,” said Carpenter. “My father is a cancer survivor, so I know firsthand how important it is to patients and their families to have easy access to great cancer care close to home.  But, this exciting news is not about me.  It is about creating a place where patients and their families find hope and healing in a caring and supportive atmosphere that is second to none. I couldn’t be more proud of the members of the HighPoint, Sumner Regional and LifePoint teams who, along with our physician partners, are working to make this new facility possible, and who strive each day to make this community healthier.”


The Carpenter Cancer Center, which will replace Sumner Regional’s current cancer care services at the hospital, will feature a skilled oncology team of 10 full-time employees led by medical oncologist Dr. Dianna Shipley and radiation oncologist Dr. Robert McClure. New members of the team include a nurse navigator, dedicated to supporting patients and their loved ones on the complex journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and management. 


New technology at the Carpenter Cancer Center includes Varian TrueBEAM, which allows better, quicker, and more accurate radiation oncology support, a new GE PET/CT scanner, and a CT simulator. Currently, most patients diagnosed with cancer in Sumner County must drive to Nashville to receive a PET CT.  The center will also offer additional support services for cancer patients, including an Educational Center, Pastoral Care, Nutrition Services and Support Groups.


“The Carpenter Cancer Center will allow our team to expand our current offerings with advanced technologies and additional support services that patients, until now, have had to travel a distance to receive,” said Dr. Shipley. “The cancer diagnosis and treatment process is challenging and stressful for a newly diagnosed patient, and this facility was designed with the special needs of cancer patients and their families in mind. For that, we are so grateful.”

The Carpenter Cancer Center will be located on Big Station Camp Boulevard at Sumner Station, just seven miles from Sumner Regional Medical Center off of Vietnam Veterans bypass in Gallatin. It is expected to open in the first quarter of 2016. Don Miller of HMC Architects PLLC is the lead architect on the project, and the contractor is Batten and Shaw. 



About HighPoint Health System

HighPoint Health System serves the healthcare needs of communities through four hospitals, including Sumner Regional Medical Center, the 155-bed flagship hospital located in Gallatin; Riverview Regional Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Carthage; Trousdale Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Hartsville; and Livingston Regional Hospital, a 114-bed acute care hospital in Livingston.  The system, which employs more than 1,200 people, is part of LifePoint Health. To learn more about HighPoint Health System, visit www.HighPointHealthSystem.com.


About Sumner Regional Medical Center

Sumner Regional Medical Center, a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn., is the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System.  The hospital offers a full range of emergency, diagnostic, surgical, women’s, pediatric and rehabilitative services and has been serving the communities of Sumner County and beyond for more than 50 years. To learn more, visit www.MySumnerMedical.com.


About LifePoint Health

LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®.  Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in 20 states. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net. All references to "LifePoint," "LifePoint Health" or the "Company" used in this release refer to affiliates or subsidiaries of LifePoint Health, Inc.



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