Monday, July 09, 2012 - CMH Breaks Ground on Area’s First Radiation Therapy Center

Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH) and Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center are pleased to announce the commencement of construction on the first and only radiation therapy facility in Southern Virginia. The facility will be connected to the CMH’s Cancer and Specialty Care Center and a groundbreaking celebration attended by numerous hospital and community members was held Monday, July 2 on the construction site.

The ability to bring radiation treatment to Southern Virginia was made possible through a partnership between CMH and VCU Massey Cancer Center, tremendous community support and from a very generous $1 million gift from Sylvia and William “Bill” Solari of Lake Gaston.

The addition of the radiation therapy treatment center will provide the region with complete comprehensive cancer care through one affiliate partnership.  On July 1 of this year, CMH began a partnership with VCU Massey Cancer Center through the VCU Medical Center, traditionally known as Medical College of Virginia (MCV), to provide medical oncology services to the area.  Cancer care is provided five days a week at the CMH Cancer and Specialty Clinic and is now directed by Dr. Tzann T. Fang of Massey, who is dedicated solely to CMH oncology services.  When the radiation therapy facility is complete, Massey will direct CMH’s radiation oncology services as well.

The effort to provide radiation therapy began over two years ago when CMH and Massey officials began discussions about partnering to provide the region access to complete cancer care.  A Certificate of Public Need was approved earlier this year by the Commonwealth of Virginia for radiation therapy and the community showed tremendous support for the need of this service.

Over a year ago, CMH began plans for a capital campaign to raise funds to help support this project and for other expansion plans.  In April of 2011, CMH announced the lead gift from the Solaris in support of the radiation therapy facility.

Scott Burnette, CMH President & CEO, recognized the Solaris at the groundbreaking ceremony and said, “We are blessed to have such a supportive community and are very grateful to everyone who has made a gift to CMH.  Today, I want to recognize one special couple, Sylvia and Bill Solari, whose very generous donation in the amount of $1 million helped make this facility possible.  It is with great appreciation and in recognition of this very generous gift that I am pleased to announce that the name of this facility will be known as The Solari Radiation Therapy Center.”

John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals, also expressed appreciation and excitement at the groundbreaking event.  “We are pleased to partner with CMH and to be able to offer additional cancer treatments to the community.  Many cancer patients require both radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and by being CMH’s single partner for both of these services, we believe we will be able to increase efficiencies and provide improved continuity of care for cancer patients in Southern Virginia,” he said.  “We are deeply grateful for the community’s support of these efforts.”

The radiation therapy facility is expected to open in the summer of 2013.

About CMH Cancer and Specialty Care Center: Located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill, the CMH Cancer and Specialty Care Center is an outpatient ambulatory clinic that provides services in Hematology and Oncology. Comprehensive services available through CMH include advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment services such as chemotherapy, laboratory, pharmacy, advanced imaging modalities including Computerized Axial Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), nutritional support, counseling, social services and supportive services. For more information, visit


About VCU Massey Cancer Center: VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only 66 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the country that leads and shapes America’s cancer research efforts. Working with all kinds of cancers, the Center conducts basic, translational and clinical cancer research, provides state-of-the-art treatments and clinical trials, and promotes cancer prevention and education. Since 1974, Massey has served as an internationally recognized center of excellence. It has one of the largest offerings of clinical trials in Virginia and serves patients in Richmond and in four satellite locations. Its 1,000 researchers, clinicians and staff members are dedicated to improving the quality of human life by developing and delivering effective means to prevent, control and ultimately cure cancer. Visit Massey online at or call 877-4-MASSEY for more information.


About VCU and the VCU Medical Center: Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 211 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see


Photo id (left to right)  Dr. Gordon Ginder, Director of VCU Massey Cancer Center; Mr. John Duval, CEO MCV Hospitals; Bill Solari; Wayne Parrish, CMH Board of Directors Chairman; Sylvia Solari, Scott Burnette, CMH CEO/President; and Dr. Tzann Fang, Medical Director of CMH Cancer & Specialty Care Center.