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10 to Watch: West Cancer Center

The following is a feature from the Memphis Crossroads 10 to Watch issue. Click here to view all issues of Memphis Crossroads.

You can’t guarantee what the future holds, but you can make some educated guesses by watching who’s on the move. The months ahead are looking particularly bright for these 10 local companies who have been laying the groundwork and are now poised to enjoy an exciting 2016. 
 
This is a great mix of organizations: seasoned and brand spanking new, from a fresh storefront enterprise to a firm aiming for $2 billion in sales — and every one of them focused and passionate. You’ll notice in each is a shrewd ability to see a need that isn’t being met and get ahead of it. You’ll also see those essential qualities that make a company worth looking at: innovation, anticipation and preparation. 
 
There are many reasons to cheer on Memphis as a great town for business. Here are 10 of them. 




The battle against cancer is getting reinforcements. In recent years, the West Cancer Center has been upping the ante with groundbreaking expansions and commitments to cancer treatment, clinical trials, education and research. “For 35 years, we’ve been an innovator in how to deliver cancer care,” said CEO Erich Mounce.

The impressive 123,000 square foot, $60.5 million facility at 7945 Wolf River Blvd. opened last year, a move toward more fully integrating patient care. “Patients can come into one building and see all their doctors in the same day,” Mounce said. Several other facilities make up West Cancer Center, including regional clinics. But there’s more to come with plans to open a similarly comprehensive center on the Methodist University Hospital campus.

“We want to ease the journey of the patient,” Mounce said, noting that patients often visit different places to see doctors and get treatment. “Our partnerships allow us to transform that journey and care,” he said. Those connections, with Methodist Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, provide a multidisciplinary setting for West Cancer Center.

The new cancer center is to be integrated into a huge campus expansion being undertaken by Methodist Health Care for the Methodist University Hospital campus. This new comprehensive center will open in 2018 and be family and community friendly. Mounce said that underserved populations are part of the plan as well: “Some people don’t have resources to secure care and don’t seek treatment. We’ll have a one-stop shop with social services and transportation.” He hopes that in 10 years, the Center will be a designated research site and a state of the art mecca for cancer care. 

Story by: Jon W Sparks
Photo by: Troy Glasgow

The photo features "Murmations," an original sculpture created by local artist Yvonne Bobo, a focal point of the atrium made possible by the sponsorship of the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation.
 

Posted: 6/28/2016 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments
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