Sharp Grossmont Hospital Acquires Groundbreaking Technology to Help Fight Cancer
Sharp Grossmont Hospital recently added to its arsenal of cancer-fighting tools a new Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator, a revolutionary radiation system designed specifically to improve cancer patient care. The system treats a broad spectrum of tumors, as well as complex cancers that require extreme precision.
Sharp Grossmont is just one of two hospitals in San Diego to offer this technology in its continuing effort to bring advanced radiation care to the residents of East County. The other hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, is also within the Sharp HealthCare system.
“Sharp Grossmont has made a true commitment to providing state-of-the-art radiation oncology care to the cancer patients of our region with the purchase of the Versa HD,” said Kelly DeWitt, a board-certified radiation oncologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont. “The Versa HD gives us the capability to offer sophisticated technology with shorter treatment times which enhances the patient experience during what can be a difficult time.”
Radiation therapy uses precise levels of radiation to destroy cancer cells. The Versa HD conforms to a tumors size, shape and volume, so clinicians can deliver higher dose radiation resulting in more effective treatment, while protecting critical structures such as the heart, spine, bladder or other healthy organs. The outcome is a highly precise treatment with shorter treatment times, as well as improved ability to offer highly advanced therapies with minimized impact of treatment on a patients' quality of life.
Sharp Grossmont has one of the region's most comprehensive cancer centers and was honored with a 2015 Women's Choice Award as one of America's best hospitals for cancer care. Patients have access to several advanced treatment options including TomoTherapy®, a highly targeted radiation treatment; a superficial radiation unit, designed for patients seeking a nonsurgical option for skin cancer; and brachytherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiosurgery (SBRT) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). In addition, there is a chemotherapy infusion center on site providing patients the convenience of both medical and radiation oncology specialists all under one roof. The hospital also has accreditation from the Comprehensive Cancer Program under the Commission on Cancer and earned the distinction as a National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been serving the East County community for 60 years. It is the largest not-for-profit, full-service, acute-care hospital in San Diego's East County and is part of Sharp HealthCare. The hospital is known for its clinical excellence in emergency and critical care, cardiac and cancer care, surgery, stroke care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, women's and children's health and hospice care. The hospital offers extensive outpatient services and prevention programs such as home infusion, sleep disorder care, wound care and hyperbaric medicine to support Sharp HealthCare's emphasis on community health and wellness. Sharp Grossmont is a Magnet-designated hospital and committed to providing the highest quality care.