A regional oncology center created by Howard County General Hospital and the University of Maryland is set to open in Columbia in October.
Yesterday the University of Maryland Medical Center announced that it has finalized an agreement with Philips Medical Systems North America, a supplier of diagnostic imaging and radiation equipment.
According to the April 30 agreement, Philips will provide $10 million worth of equipment to the Howard County site and to a new University of Maryland facility in Baltimore, with about a third of the equipment to be used in the Columbia center.
"We're very excited," said Dr. Omar M. Salazar, professor and chairman of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. "We selected Philips because they could deliver an integrated package of the most advanced equipment."
For the past five years, Dr. Salazar and other officials from the University of Maryland have worked to create a specialized oncology center with Howard County General Hospital.
Under terms of an agreement signed last fall with Howard County General Hospital, radiation oncologists associated with the University of Maryland will lease the hospital's Sam Shoemaker Building, a two-story medical office building on Little Patuxent Parkway next to the hospital.
About $3 million of new equipment is scheduled to arrive at the building in September. It will include a conventional fluoroscopic simulator, a machine that identifies cancerous areas before they are treated with radiation.