Published on August 24, 2011

State of Tennessee Approves Baptist Memorial’s Certificate of Need

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The state of Tennessee approved a $65 million certificate of need for Baptist Memorial Health Care to build a comprehensive cancer center. The center, which will be the first of its kind in the area, will be located in Germantown and will allow Baptist to consolidate existing cancer services under one roof.

"We are very pleased with the state of Tennessee's decision," said Jason Little, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care. "Building a comprehensive cancer center will allow us to streamline care and provide many cancer services under one roof, which is the wave of the future and is in keeping with Baptist's commitment to putting patients first."

Sean Henneberger, associate executive director of the American Cancer Society, Memphis office, said,  Our research shows 34,750 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in Tennessee in 2011, and that number is expected to grow during the next several years. In addition, more people are surviving cancer, and they need convenient access to outpatient services. Having a comprehensive center for cancer services will help make care more efficient and convenient for patients, as well as facilitating optimal outcomes.

The center will include a large diagnostic area and radiation oncology space, chemotherapy and infusion services, a stem cell transplant area, tumor registry, an interdisciplinary clinic, as well as physicians' and administrative offices.

One of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; a physician management group; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. Baptist has more than 2,300 licensed beds systemwide, employs more than 12,000 people and has approximately 85,000 admissions annually.

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