BROOKLYN — Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) recently received $3.5 million from Brooklyn council members Mathieu Eugene and Darlene Mealey to purchase a new linear accelerator to provide radiation therapy to hundreds of patients.
The $3.5 million check was presented at the hospital’s Annual Legislative Breakfast.
“The addition of the new linear accelerator further enhances our commitment to provide comprehensive cancer prevention, detection and treatment to the residents of Central Brooklyn,” said George M. Proctor, senior vice president of the North and Central Brooklyn Health Network.
Several other elected officials attended and gave remarks pledging support for the hospital’s crucial role in the community, including state Sen. Kevin Parker, state Assemblywoman Inez Baron and Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman.
“Kings County Hospital deserves to have the best technology to fight deadly cancers and other diseases. The acquisition of a linear accelerator will enable doctors, nurses and medical professionals at Kings County Hospital to deliver the highest standards of cancer treatment to the community,” said Eugene.
A linear accelerator is used to treat cancer by delivering radiation to the region of the patient’s tumor. The treatment can be designed in such a way that it destroys the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue.
The new machine will be used to accommodate the growing number of cancer patients who are coming to KCHC for treatment and support services. There are more than 600 new cancer cases diagnosed at KCHC every year.
The new linear accelerator will provide 200 additional cancer patients with more precise and advanced radiation treatment modalities. It will be one of two linear accelerators used at the cancer center.
Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) is a 627-bed facility that serves the communities of Central Brooklyn, East New York, New Lots and Flatbush. KCHC, a teaching hospital, is part of NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), and the Central Brooklyn Family Health Network.