KMC named an Elekta Center of Excellence

May 1, 2014

KETTERING — Kettering Medical Center has been designated as the first International Center of Excellence by Elekta, a company that produces cutting-edge cancer treatment technologies, including the Gamma Knife Perfexion brain treatment system and Versa HD radiation therapy system. Kettering Medical Center is the first medical center in the world to receive this designation.

Elekta developed the Center of Excellence program to acknowledge centers that provide cancer and brain disorder patients with extraordinary treatment, and are hubs for high-quality research, education and outreach programs.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious designation,” said Douglas Einstein, MD, PhD, Medical Director and Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Kettering Health Network. “To be named a Center of Excellence means that we are being recognized for our cancer treatment expertise, techniques and technology.”

“A Center of Excellence institution shares with Elekta a common vision for the development of high-quality research, education and outreach to advance the treatment of cancer and serious brain disorders in the United States and throughout the world,” said Jay Hoey, Executive Vice President, Elekta North America. “Kettering Medical Center exemplifies this vision through its activities in its community and region and through its reputation as a world-class provider of clinical services. We are proud to designate Kettering as an Elekta Center of Excellence.”

In August 2013, Kettering Medical Center was the first in the United States to use Elekta Versa HD. Versa HD is a new radiation therapy system designed to deliver higher-precision beam shaping for more patients and cancer types four-to-five times faster than other radiation therapy systems. With its on-board CT scanning, the Versa HD is the least invasive radiosurgery device available.

In December 2012, Elekta selected Kettering Medical Center to be the first in the world to receive a technologically advanced upgrade to the company’s Gamma Knife brain treatment system. Gamma Knife provides the most precise brain treatment in the world.

The Kettering Health Network cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Kettering Health Network is the only Network of hospitals in the Greater Dayton area to receive this distinction.

Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system that improves quality of life through healthcare and education. The Network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin, its newest hospital. Grandview, Southview and Kettering are ranked as U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospitals. Kettering is recognized as a 2014 Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospital, and a Truven Health Analytics 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital.