Mount Carmel takes over rest of radiation joint venture inside Zangmeister Center|
Carrie Ghose, Staff reporter
Jan 10, 2013
Mount Carmel Health System has bought out the half of a radiation joint venture at the Zangmeister Center and will consolidate its radiation cancer treatment for eastern Franklin County at the Columbus site.
The system has closed its radiation oncology vault inside Mount Carmel East Hospital.
“We are shifting the business to the Zangmeister Center and deleting duplication of services,” said Cindy Sheets, Mount Carmel’s senior vice president of ambulatory services.
The radiation unit will be rebranded with the Mount Carmel name inside Zangmeister, an independent outpatient cancer treatment center owned by a group of oncologists.
Mount Carmel will make the unit a department of the health-care system and will dissolve the former joint venture, Concord Radiation Therapy LLC, which it had owned with the doctors for the past five years. Terms of the deal, which included the equipment and the business entity, were not disclosed.
“We weren’t in the position to grow it,” said Glenn Balasky, Zangmeister’s executive director.
Consolidated volume from the existing service and those who had been treated at Mount Carmel East is about 650 patients a year who come for daily treatments for a month or more.
As well as saving on equipment, utilities and staff with one location, Sheets said, the center off of Interstate 670 near Port Columbus International Airport is more convenient than the hospital campus.
“Patients can go on their lunch hour or before or after work,” she said.
Carrie Ghose covers health care and medicine, higher education, technology and business services for Business First.