For Immediate Release
Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology Partners with Evansville Cancer Center - Vantage Oncology Chancellor Center for Oncology News Series D

02/03/2009 EVANSVILLE, IN - In a continued effort to provide comprehensive and coordinated cancer care to the Tri-State, Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology and Evansville Cancer Center - Vantage Oncology have announced a new partnership. This partnership, named Tri-State Radiation Oncology Centers, will operate two full-service oncology centers at their current locations: 700 N. Burkhardt Road in Evansville, Indiana, and 4055 Gateway Boulevard in Newburgh, Indiana. 

The two centers will continue to offer the most extensive, state-of-the-art technology and a full range of oncology services in a comfortable and healing environment. This includes providing comprehensive radiation therapy services, pain management, chemotherapy infusion, psychological and spiritual support, individual cancer education and guidance, nutritional counseling, cancer rehabilitation, financial counseling and insurance assistance, community education and lending libraries.

"We are proud of this expansion of oncology services," said Linda White, president and CEO of Deaconess Health System. "The strengths Evansville Cancer Center physicians and employees bring to the table fit very well with the compassionate care offered at Deaconess and will assist us in providing quality oncology care to patients throughout the Tri-State. "

Jon D. Frazier, M.D., medical director and radiation oncologist for Evansville Cancer Center, will serve as medical director of both facilities. Dr. Frazier and his expert team of cancer specialists will provide patients access to advanced radiation therapies including Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), High Dose Rate Brachytherapy, advanced treatment planning programs and an internationally recognized Gamma Med program.

"We believe this partnership with Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology will enable us to provide our community a standard of care for cancer patients that is unequalled by other facilities," said Dr. Frazier. "By working together, we can truly impact the lives of our cancer patients. "

About Tri-State Radiation Oncology Centers

Tri-State Radiation Oncology Centers, LLC was formed in November 2008 and, upon receipt of customary consents, will combine the operations of Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology and Evansville Cancer Center - Vantage Oncology in a joint venture between Deaconess Hospital andVantage Oncology. Tri-State Radiation Oncology Centers was formed to leverage the strengths of its partners in order to improve the delivery of comprehensive and coordinated cancer care in the Tri-State area.

About Deaconess Health System

Deaconess Health System is a premiere provider of health care services in southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky and southeastern Illinois. The system includes six hospitals located in southern Indiana: Deaconess Hospital, an acute care facility; The Women's Hospital, serving the needs of women and infants; Deaconess Gateway Hospital, an acute care facility; Deaconess Cross Pointe, a behavioral health hospital; The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway, providing leading-edge inpatient and outpatient heart care services; and HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital, specializing in comprehensive medical rehabilitation. Also included in the system are a freestanding cancer center, a health system and physician owned managed care network of preferred hospitals and doctors, two ambulatory surgery centers, 19 ambulatory care sites, two urgent care facilities and multiple partnerships with other health care providers. Deaconess has received several national awards for quality health care services.

About Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology

Located on the Deaconess Gateway campus, the Chancellor Center is an area leader in outpatient cancer services. Its services include radiation therapy, chemotherapy infusion, nutrition counseling, pain management, spiritual support, cancer rehabilitation, community education, support groups and a lending library. The center provides cancer education, support services and state-of-the-art therapies in an emotionally and spiritually healing environment.

About Vantage Oncology, Inc.

Founded in 2002, California-based Vantage Oncology acquires, joint ventures, develops and operates state-of-the-art radiation oncology centers. Vantage Oncology was created in response to the growing need among cancer patients, hospitals and physicians for accessible and advanced radiation treatment therapies. Vantage Oncology is led by a seasoned management team, including CEO Michael Fiore, Medical Director Leslie Botnick, M.D., CFO Marshal Salomon and Chief Development Officer Mark Ahern. For more information about Vantage Oncology, visit www.vantageoncology.com.