Letter to the Editor: Facts about the Tahoe Forest cancer center
In a community survey in 2007, expanding the cancer center was one of four top priorities identified, and after a thorough professional study was undertaken, the recommendation to do so was accepted.
One of the conclusions of that study was, “We believe that Tahoe Forest Health System will (eventually) be able to serve up to 65% of (newly diagnosed) patients, and with that, grow from approximately 400 patients in 2008 to more than 1,600 in 2018.”
Development of the Cancer Center was community based, through the efforts of an inspiring group of volunteer community leaders who assisted in every aspect of the planning.
In The Measure C campaign literature, it stated, “The current Cancer Center is too small to accommodate all patients. A new and larger treatment center will be built to provide additional treatment options for our patients.”
The bond measure was passed by almost three quarters of the voters.
To date, more than 2,100 patients have been treated at the center, already representing 45 percent of the growing market share, and in 2014, there are more than 375 new patients. Moreover, the center is 14.4 percent ahead of the financial projection for the period 2009 to 2013, and it has obtained these results with pricing that is necessarily comparable with Reno and other hospitals.
This community is the envy of many others who are investigating the possibility of replicating this valuable public asset that positively impacts the lives our families, friends, and neighbors.
Patti and Gary Boxeth