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May 17--  What was the Vidalia Cancer Center on the campus of Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia is now the Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center.

stricklandribbonRibbon-cutting for the $5 million expansion was held Wednesday for the project which quadruples the size of the center and puts both radiation therapy and chemotherapy under one roof.

Meadows CEO Alan Kent says, "The technology is like the building, it's a facilitator, it helps us do the job.  What's most important in this organization is what's most important to this community and that's its people.  We are blessed to have some of the finest physicians, technologists and support staff and that's what makes this cancer center a destination location for healthcare throughout our region.

"I want to give special attention as we honor Mr. Tommy and Mrs. Shirley Strickland for whom our beautiful center here is named for their generosity in helping bring this to fruition.  This community can never thank you enough."

The Stricklands moved to Vidalia from Claxton eight years ago and he sees the center as a memorial to his parents, "My mother and father both died of cancer and when they started talking about this, that was on my mind for a long time.  I'm proud I could do it.  I hope it touches a lot of lives.  I just can't imagine it being here in this little town," he said.

 

 

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