2018-07-12 / News

Construction underway at Covenant


Covenant HealthCare is adding a second linear accelerator, the Versa HD. 
Courtesy Photo Covenant HealthCare is adding a second linear accelerator, the Versa HD. Courtesy Photo Covenant HealthCare is adding a second linear accelerator to the Covenant Radiation Center. In 2016, it unveiled the first linear accelerator at the radiation center.

In 2017, the team of cancer providers saw the need to add additional resources in the fight against cancer. After state approval in spring of 2018, construction began at 4141 Tittabawassee Road, Saginaw.

Plans are for construction to continue through the summer, followed by rigorous testing. The second system will begin treating patients February of next year, allowing the radiation team to treat more patients with shorter waittimes.

The expansion will include a second vault to house the second linear accelerator, the Elekta Versa HD. Included in the addition is 3,615 square feet of new construction and 3,430 square feet of renovated space.

The Versa HD by Elekta leverages the latest technology to enable sophisticated approaches to traditionally challenging cases. The system’s patented technology allows precise targeting of the tumor, allowing Covenant Radiation Center clinicians to administer higher doses that can enhance treatment effectiveness, while protecting critical structures such as the heart, spine, or bladder.

The result is highly precise treatments with shorter treatment times, and the ability to offer highly advanced treatments while minimizing side effects and enhancing patients’ quality of life.

Dr. James Fugazzi, medical director of the Covenant Radiation Center, says the second linear accelerator will be equipped with BrainLab technology.

“This will allow Covenant to offer stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), the most sophisticated radiation treatments, to patients with small brain tumors,” he said.

Covenant is Michigan’s first and only certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network┬«, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a world-renowned leader in cancer care.

For more information, visit www.covenantcancercare.com

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