Shawnee Mission Medical Center to open new cancer center

Shawnee Mission Medical Center will open its own outpatient cancer center this summer on the hospital’s Merriam campus at I-35 and 75th Street.

The cancer center will offer a full array of oncology services, including medical oncology, infusion and radiation therapies. The center also will offer a PET/CT scanner which provides advanced imaging. The new center will complement the hospital’s current oncology services, which include an inpatient oncology department, surgical services and the accredited breast treatment center. Shawnee Mission’s oncology program is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

“Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s physicians and staff diagnose more than 1,000 cases of cancer each year,” said Ken Bacon, hospital President and CEO. “The Cancer Center will allow our community members to receive their full continuum of treatment close to home from the medical experts they’ve grown to trust for more than 50 years.”

The cancer center will begin offering medical oncology and infusion services in July and add all of the other services by December. It has hired Medical Oncologist Dr. Frank Slovick and Program Director Becca Bell. Additional oncology specialists will be added to the staff.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center has 504 beds and handles nearly 20,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually. SMMC employs more than 2,900 local residents and has a staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties.