WALTHAM -- The closing of Waltham Hospital will not change ability of Metrowest area residents from receiving comprehensive radiation oncology services in their local community. Since its opening in April 2001, Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Care at Waltham has cared for patients in a 7,000 square foot center that offers a sophisticated level of radiation therapy services, including a state-of-the-art Varian 21 EX linear accelerator that facilitates the delivery of 3-D conformal radiation therapy. Radiation oncologists are full-time members of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and faculty members at Harvard Medical School.
The Cancer Care facility is also home to the Mary Eagan Garden, a healing garden that provides patients a serene, comfortable place to spend time alone or with family and friends. Patients and their families can also take advantage of easy parking that enables them to avoid lengthy commutes into Boston for treatment.
The Department of Public Health recently approved a change in ownership of the linear accelerator from Waltham Hospital to BIDMC, ensuring uninterrupted operation of the center.
"This state-of-the-art facility offers the same level of academic-quality care and technical sophistication available to patients at the downtown medical center," said Mary Ann Stevenson, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of Radiation Oncology at BIDMC. "At the same time, it offers patients the convenience of receiving their care closer to their homes and family."
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a major patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.