Growth Report 2019

Salem Regional Medical Invests in Cancer Care

SALEM, Ohio — Investments in cancer care are atop the list of achievements for Salem Regional Medical Center in 2018, says director of public relations, Michele Hoffmeister.

The independent, not-for-profit hospital collaborated with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center to bring the system’s world-class medical and radiation oncology services. And in June, the Seidman Center radiation therapy department at Salem Regional opened, allowing patients access to Varian VitalBeam therapy.

The radiation therapy is used to treat a wide variety of cancers, including those in the abdomen, liver, lung, breast, prostate, head and neck. Among its benefits, Hoffmeister says, is pinpoint accuracy, faster treatment and lower risk of side effects.

The hospital also was chosen by Siemens Corp. as a national showcase site for the manufacturer’s newest 3D positron emission tomography and computed tomography scanner.

“Salem Regional’s new scanner will perform 3D imaging at the highest quality and resolution, done in half the time and using half the dose of radiation,” Hoffmeister says. “In addition to increasing the ability to detect very small cancers and their spread, the 3D scanner’s advanced features will benefit area patients facing heart disease, dementia, stroke or other conditions affecting the brain and nervous system.”

In June, Salem Regional Medical Center was awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal Approval for Hospital Accreditation, while the hospital’s sleep center and Salem Home Medical received three-year accreditation and the hip and knee replacement program retained its disease-specific certification from the commission. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded the hospital a five-star rating.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.