Proton Therapy Center Lands $81 Million Financing For Delray Beach Facility

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For years, hospitals and physician groups have proposed building a proton therapy center in Palm Beach County. Those plans never panned out, presumably because the cancer-treatment centers are prohibitively expensive.
But a plan for a proton therapy center at Tenet Healthcare’s Delray Medical Center remains on track. Proton International of Louisville, Kentucky, this month closed on an $81.3 million bond issue that will pay for the 40,000-square-foot facility, according to a mortgage.
The facility will be open for photon patients in 2018 and proton patients in 2019, Proton International said.
With proton therapy, doctors aim a high-speed stream of positively charged particles at a cancerous tumor. Unlike chemotherapy, which bombards a patient’s body with radiation, protons release more of their energy into the tumor and nowhere else, thus saving healthy tissue.
Seen as a safer alternative to chemotherapy, protons are used to treat tumors of the brain and central nervous system, spine, head and neck, lung, prostate, liver, gastrointestinal tract and colon, and some breast tumors. Because children are especially sensitive to radiation therapy, doctors often use protons to treat juvenile cancer.
In early 2012, Boca Raton Regional Hospital said it would spend $120 million to build a proton center on Glades Road. At the same time, South Florida Radiation Oncology was scouting locations for its own proton facility. Neither project was built.
Source: Palm Beach Post

Tenet Buys Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center

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Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, or at least the real estate where the hospital operates, has a new owner.
Tenet Healthcare paid landlord HCP Inc. $43.4 million for the 282,000-square-foot facility on Burns Road, according to property records. HCP is a California-based real estate investment trust that specializes in medical facilities.
The companies also recorded a lease termination. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is in the midst of a $16 million renovation.
The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser records no previous sale price for the hospital, but HCP says in its latest annual report that it paid $24.9 million for the facility in 2011.
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare operates 10 hospitals in Florida, and the 199-bed Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center was the only one it leased rather than owned, according to the company’s latest annual report.
Source: Palm Beach Post

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