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Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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