updated: 4/7/2008 10:16:48 AM
Bloomington-based ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. has formed a parternship with Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington. Students will have the chance to be the first in the nation to take part in a highly specialized proton therapy training program. Ivy Tech and ProCure will develop a certificate program to train and credential students enrolled in Ivy Tech's Radiation Therapy Program.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Students at Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington will be the first in the nation to be offered a highly specialized training program in proton therapy, an alternative to traditional radiation therapy that is emerging at treatment centers across the country, creating a demand for credentialed therapists.
The college has formed a partnership with ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc., to develop a certificate program that will train and credential students enrolled in the College’s Radiation Therapy Program, with courses beginning next fall.
Some of the nation’s top experts in proton therapy will teach the Ivy Tech courses at ProCure’s Training and Development Center (TDC), located in Bloomington, Ind. Celebrating its grand opening on March 27, the 20,000-square-foot TDC is the first facility in the world dedicated to proton therapy training, drawing physicians, physicists, technicians and other medical professionals from across the U.S. The facility offers before-the-job training that simulates all aspects of proton therapy treatment in a replica of a proton therapy treatment center featuring everything but the actual protons.
“We are very fortunate to have a leader in proton therapy development and training only four miles from our campus, enabling us to easily provide our radiation therapy students with a world-class educational experience,” said Larry G. Swafford, Ph.D., professor and chair of the radiation therapy program at Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington. “Proton therapy is a rapidly progressing field resulting in a significant need for trained staff.”
Ivy Tech - Bloomington intends to establish criteria and means of accreditation so that upon completion of the program, students will be certified in proton therapy according to standards set by ProCure’s TDC.
There are currently five proton therapy centers operating in the United States, but it is anticipated that within the next five years, at least 10 new proton therapy facilities will open across the country, increasing the demand for skilled clinical, technical and administrative staff at all levels.
“We look forward to working with Ivy Tech in establishing a model program for educating, training and credentialing students in proton therapy,” said Niek Schreuder, senior vice president of technology and medical physics at ProCure. “This is an exciting step forward in a rapidly growing industry.”
ProCure is joining with hospitals and radiation oncology practices to open proton centers across the country. ProCure’s first private practice, community-based proton therapy center is being built in Oklahoma City and is scheduled to open in 2009. ProCure has two additional proton therapy centers under development in Illinois and Michigan, scheduled to open in 2010.
For more information on ProCure Treatment Centers visit www.ProCureCenters.com.
Editor’s Note: ProCure press materials are available at www.procurenews.com.
ABOUT PROCURE TREATMENT CENTERS
Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. was founded in 2005 by Dr. John Cameron, a particle therapy physics pioneer who was pivotal in the development of the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute. ProCure provides management support and a model for the complete design, construction, operation and maintenance of world-class proton therapy centers. Through partnerships with leading radiation oncologists and hospitals, ProCure’s business model reduces the time, effort and cost involved in creating a facility, which allows physicians more time to focus on patient care. ProCure plans to increase the number of centers across the country to make proton therapy affordable and accessible to patients who would benefit from the treatment. For more information, visit www.ProCureCenters.com.
ABOUT PROCURE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The ProCure Training and Development Center (TDC), located in Bloomington, Ind., is the first facility in the world dedicated to proton therapy training. It offers clinical, technical, interpersonal and administrative training that pertains to all aspects of proton therapy treatment.
In addition to lecture rooms, the TDC is equipped with treatment rooms fully equipped with state-of-the art equipment - everything but the protons - to simulate the total work environment for treating patients. The TDC provides advanced before-the-job training programs designed specifically for the needs of radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and other staff involved in proton therapy treatment.
ABOUT IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE - BLOOMINGTON
Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington is a comprehensive community college, offering transfer degrees, online course options, and workforce training. Please visit www.ivytech.edu/Bloomington for more information.
Ivy Tech Community College is the nation's largest statewide community college system with single accreditation. It is the state's second largest public post-secondary institution serving more than 111,000 students a year. While students enjoy the benefits of a large institution, with 23 campuses throughout the state and an average class size of 22, students find personal attention close to home at Ivy Tech Community College.
ABOUT PROTON THERAPY
Nearly 50,000 cancer patients worldwide have taken advantage of the technology to effectively treat most common types of solid tumor cancers, including head and neck, prostate, breast, lung, colorectal and brain tumors. Proton therapy’s ability to precisely target tumors makes it ideal for treating tumors near vital organs, especially in children. It has been shown to reduce normal tissue damage, side effects and to lessen the probability of secondary tumors later in life.1
In 1961, the Harvard Cyclotron Laboratory at Harvard University in Boston began treating patients with proton therapy. Advances in imaging technology such as CT, MRI and PET scans, helped researchers to better diagnose and visualize tumors and made proton therapy a more practical treatment option. The first hospital-based proton treatment center in the United States was built in 1990 at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif.
In the United States, proton therapy is currently only available in five major academic centers: Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.; Frances H. Burr Proton Therapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (affiliated with Harvard Medical School); The Proton Therapy Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center at University of Texas, Houston; Loma Linda University Medical Center, in Loma Linda, Calif.; and University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute, Jacksonville, Fla. In Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center is scheduled to open in 2009, the Oklahoma ProCure Treatment Center, Oklahoma City, is expected to be operational in 2009, and another center is under construction at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.