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Poudre Valley Health System bringing state-of-the-art cancer treatment to northern Colorado
Poudre Valley Health System
For immediate release: May 7, 2011

Sandra Larson: 970.237.7105 | 970.980.7251

Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation's 32nd annual spring benefit on May 7 in Loveland will host 1,000 area donors for a fun evening with the goal of raising support to enhance local cancer care services.

Major announcements will be made about donations and projects related to cancer treatment in northern Colorado, including news about a new $4 million, state-of-the-art linear accelerator for radiation oncology treatment that will be installed in late fall on Poudre Valley Health System's Harmony Campus in Fort Collins.

PVHS will be the first healthcare provider in Colorado to offer the accelerator technology, a TrueBeam STx. It will allow cancer patients to remain local to receive the most advanced radiation treatment system in the world. The technology will be able to safely target and destroy tumors previously untreatable, providing new hope for cancer patients.

Made by Varian Systems in Palo Alto, Calif., the TrueBeam STx uses high-intensity radiation, real-time tumor tracking, and a synchronized radiation beam delivery system for more targeted, faster treatments. The accelerator is used in conjunction with the Novalis Radiosurgery Program, the world's most advanced radiosurgery system for safely delivering precise, highly focused radiation to treat cancers anywhere in the body that radiation is advised.

Another announcement will bring the news that Miramont Lifestyle Fitness and the local Bucholz family will donate $100,000 to help build a regional cancer center on the Harmony Campus.

"We're proud to help advance the community campaign to build a cancer center that will offer high quality treatment, the foremost equipment and support services that will help cancer patients return to a healthy life," said Cliff Bucholz, owner of Miramont Lifestyle Fitness in Fort Collins.

Starting at 6 p.m., the spring benefit at Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, will also honor community support for Engage in life, the campaign to raise funds to build the cancer center.

With the theme classic-to-retro, the benefit will offer a delicious dinner for attendees during an Ed Sullivan redux show, complete with a Liberace impersonator and talent segments. A live auction of donated items will raise funds for Engage in life and the expansion of support services for cancer patients and survivors.

News about the accelerator will be the foremost of other significant announcements to be made during the spring benefit. Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, PVH Foundation executive director, will point out that the new TrueBeam STX linear accelerator will expand local radiation oncology services and allow patients to have access to all of the latest options for radiotherapy and radiosurgery.

"The new accelerator is part of our dedication to growing a regional cancer program with one-door access," said JoAnn Lovins, director of PVHS oncology services. "Investing in the accelerator is a step we can take now to improve treatment for our radiation patients while we continue with plans to expand our total cancer services."

"We will be able to offer the most advanced radiation treatment system in the world for our cancer patients right here in northern Colorado, " said Dr. Joshua Petit, director of PVHS radiation oncology. "With the technology, we can safely target and destroy tumors that were previously untreatable, providing new hope for patients with cancer."


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