Center provides only one-stop, integrated approach to cancer care in Harford County
The Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center, located on the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center campus in Bel Air, opened to patients on Oct. 7, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 18. The $60 million, 75,259-square-foot, state-of-the-art center is the first cancer center of its kind in Harford County and will provide advanced cancer therapies, supportive services and clinical research trials in one centralized location. Most patients will now be able to meet with specialists in medical, surgical and radiation oncology in a single visit for their initial treatment planning.
The Kaufman Cancer Center is affiliated with the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC), one of a select group of cancer centers in the nation with a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. The partnership allows the Kaufman Cancer Center to provide residents of Harford and Cecil counties with access to the best of cancer care in a centralized location.
The Bel Air facility is named after Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman, Harford County residents who have been longtime supporters of Upper Chesapeake Health. A $17.5 million capital campaign, titled “Hope and Healing Close to Home,” has been underway for the past two years, with more than $18.5 million raised to date.
“Establishing a cancer center in the county has been a longtime dream of many in the leadership team at Upper Chesapeake Health,” says Lyle Sheldon, FACHE, president and chief executive officer. “Our vision is finally becoming a reality – to provide a community-based, functional and healing environment, fully integrated with the high-quality care of the UMGCC.”
Philip Nivatpumin, M.D., a medical oncologist with Upper Chesapeake Health, has been appointed medical director of the Kaufman Cancer Center. Dr. Nivatpumin is leading the development of programs offered at the new center, assuring that cancer patients receive the highest
Navesh K. Sharma, DO, Ph.D., serves as medical director of radiation oncology. Dr. Sharma, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is developing a robust clinical program for the Radiation Therapy Center with state-of-the-art therapies, including brachytherapy and stereotactic radiation treatment.
Upper Chesapeake Health currently provides several multidisciplinary cancer services and care clinics, all of which will be consolidated into the Kaufman Cancer Center. In addition to the well-established breast and lung cancer specialties, new programs have been added for lymphomas and head and neck cancers, and other programs will be added in the near future.
A range of surgical offerings will continue to be offered in the following specialties, as well: breast, ENT (head and neck), general surgery/GI, gynecology, neurosurgery, plastics and reconstructive, thoracic, and urology.
For more information about the Kaufman Cancer Center, visit www.uchcancer.org. I95