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Johnston Health and Rex Healthcare Formalize Radiation Oncology Partnership

Johnston County Patients Benefit from Facilities in Smithfield, Clayton

March 15, 2012

Contact: Suzette Rodriguez
(919) 938-7103

SMITHFIELD, N.C. - Johnston Health and Rex Healthcare have formalized a partnership that provides comprehensive cancer care for patients at facilities in Clayton and Smithfield, allowing Johnston County residents to receive the latest technologies and treatment options close to home.

Clayton Radiation Oncology and Smithfield Radiation Oncology offer expert physicians and dedicated staff. The facilities, which opened in 2010, provide access to the same care available at Rex's cancer centers in Raleigh and Wakefield, and at the N.C. Cancer Hospital and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill.

"The finalization of the partnership is an important step forward for the cancer patients in Johnston County," said Dr. Charles Scarantino, a Rex/UNC radiation oncologist and medical director of the Clayton and Smithfield centers. "The partnership should provide comfort to cancer patients requiring radiation therapy knowing they will have two modern radiation facilities that are close by and able to serve their needs. Moreover, the growth in the number of patients being treated in the past six to eight months is testament to the fact that the facilities are fulfilling an important service to the people of Johnston County."

Since the facilities opened, they have nearly doubled the number of patients that receive daily radiation treatments. One of Johnston Health's strategic goals is to continue to add more state-of-the-art services and facilities to diagnose and treat cancer.

"Patients have told us they're thankful to have radiation therapy close to home," said Chuck Elliott, president and CEO of Johnston Health. "Because of this partnership, we've been able to offer patients a powerful tool in their fight against cancer."

Clayton Radiation Oncology is located in the Johnston Professional Plaza, 2076 Hwy. 42 West, Suite 120, Clayton. For appointments, call (919) 585-8550.

Smithfield Radiation Oncology is located in the Johnston Medical Mall, Suite 1200, 514 N. Bright Leaf Boulevard, Smithfield. For appointments, call (919) 209-3555.

For more information about Rex Healthcare's cancer care, visit rexhealth.com/cancer. For more on Johnston Health, visit johnstonhealth.org.


About Johnston Health

Johnston Health is the county's health care system. It includes Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield, a 179-bed acute care hospital, and Johnston Medical Center-Clayton, an outpatient campus that includes a freestanding emergency department, same-day surgery and diagnostic imaging departments. Johnston Health also has primary care practices in Clayton and Kenly and an urgent care in Smithfield.

About Rex Healthcare

Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care system with more than 5,200 co-workers. Rex Healthcare has 665 beds (439 general acute beds and 226 skilled nursing) and treats nearly 34,000 inpatients each year. Rex offers dedicated centers for cancer, surgery, heart and vascular, post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, wellness and women's care plus dedicated services for bariatric, heartburn, pain management, sleep disorders, diabetes education, wound and emergency care. More than 1,100 physicians are on the Rex medical staff. Rex provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. Rex was the first hospital in the Triangle to receive Magnet Recognition, placing Rex nurses among the top 6 percent in the nation. Rex was named one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and was highlighted as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker's Hospital Review in 2011. Visit rexhealth.com for more information.