To the opening of the new downtown Radiation Oncology Center in Elkton. The center is a result of the ongoing partnership between Union Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical System, and will offer residents in the county and surrounding areas oncology radiology treatments, among other services. Work on the $9 million project began earlier this year, and the center officially opened on Nov. 1. Now, Union Hospital patients won’t have to go far for the state-of-the-art care, as they previously often had to seek treatment in Christiana, Del., or Bel Air. The new center offers onsite treatment planning, as well as onsite imaging, internal modular radiation therapy and selective internal radiation therapy. Patients will also have access to UMMS resources, such as new opportunities to participate in National Cancer Institute radiation clinical trials and consultations with University of Maryland doctors, among other resources. Because Cecil County continues to have one of the highest rates of cancer in the state, we believe putting treatment resources in the community will pay dividends for generations to come. Congratulations to all parties on this wonderful achievement.
To the news that after months of uncertainty, a new partnership between the Maryland Rural Development Corporation and the Maryland Family Network will keep the Family Education Center in Hollingsworth Manor open for the foreseeable future. The MFN has been looking for a new partner to operate the center since Cecil College announced in April that it planned to end its involvement with the center after more than 25 years. On Thursday, MFN announced that MRDC, which has operated four Head Start classes out of the center for many years, will take as partner starting Jan. 1. In its new role, MRDC will continue to run its Head Start programs but will also run the Early Head Start program and the building operation as well. The Family Education Center runs many programs that advance the lives of our young parents and help create stronger bonds between parents and children. We’re glad to see that partners were willing to step up to the plate to ensure those programs continue.