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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
December 9, 2010
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Reception and Medical Center to Open Nation's First Prison Cancer Treatment Center

Lake Butler – Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are being held tomorrow to celebrate the grand opening of the nation’s first radiation and oncology treatment center within a prison setting.  The RMC Cancer Treatment Center provides comprehensive radiation treatment, chemotherapy and positron emission tomography (PET) scans for inmates who receive treatment daily.   

When: Friday, December 10, 2010
1 p.m.

Where:  Reception and Medical Center
7765 S. CR 231
Lake Butler, Florida

From North: From I-10 take Exit 303 (US-441 South). Turn left on Hwy-10A to Hwy-100. Turn left and go east 21 miles to Lake Butler, turn right on Hwy-231 South for approximately 2 miles. From South and West: From I-75 take Exit 427 (US-90 East) through Lake City to Hwy-100. Turn east and go 21 miles to Lake Butler, turn right on 231 south for approximately 2 miles.

Who:  Department of Corrections Warden Brien Riedl
Deputy Secretary for Health Services Olugbenga Ogunsanwo, MD
Regional Director Timothy Cannon
RMC Medical Executive Director Page Smith, MD

What:  Building a cancer center within a correctional institution increases public safety by reducing the number of inmates transported to outside medical appointments.  Additionally, treating inmates at the prison provides long-term cost avoidance by decreasing staff and vehicle usage.

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