Dr. Lane Rosen stands next to the vault that will house the cyclotron. It will be lowered through the roof this weekend and be encased in 525 tons of reinforced steel and concrete.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
Willis-Knighton Health System is building a $40 million Proton Therapy Center that will offer a high-tech, state-of-the-art radiation treatment for cancer. The 55,000 square-foot expansion of its cancer center is expected to create about 15 new jobs. There are 11 such proton beam centers nationwide. Dr. Lane Rosen, Willis-Knighton’s director of radiation oncology, said during a press briefing yesterday that Willis-Knighton will offer the first compact proton therapy system.
Shreveport-based Willis-Knighton Health System is re-launching its Children’s Dental Services program that gives uninsured children access to a dentist, even though their family can’t pay for the visit. Dozens of Shreveport-Bossier dentists are associated with the program. Bonnie Hughes oversees the program for Willis-Knighton. She says the hospital’s role is to get children enrolled, and then schedule them with a participating dentist whose practice is near their home.
The Willis-Knighton Health System has completed a $3.9 million assisted living expansion. The hospital system's Savannah at The Oaks community will nearly double in size to 52 apartments. Executive manager Janice Latvala says it fills a gap between independent living and a nursing home. She says the new units are nearly all leased, and she began taking contracts on them five months ago.