EDITORIAL: A partnership could bring cancer treatment center to Wallingford

In yet another move that could enhance health care services locally, Hartford Healthcare and Yale New Haven Health Services are teaming up to run a proton cancer therapy treatment center in Wallingford. The combination is called the Connecticut Proton Therapy Center LLC, and a certificate of need has been filed with the state to bring the center to Northrop Road near Route 68.

As the Record-Journal’s Mary Ellen Godin reported, the effort will bring one of the newest treatment centers to town, as well as tax money and other benefits.

State Rep. Craig Fishbein, who is also a town councilor, and Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr., both Republicans, have written in support of the application. “The precision that doctors are able to achieve with proton beam therapy is astounding and locating a cutting-edge facility in Wallingford will allow patients from throughout the state convenient access to life-saving technology,” said Fishbein in a prepared statement.

The therapy treats a host of cancers, including those of the brain and central nervous system. The technology brought together the two health care networks, which have a dominating presence in the state. The aim is to “assure this clinically relevant technology is made available to the citizens of Connecticut in the most cost-effective manner,” said the Connecticut Proton Therapy Center in its application.

Yale had already been making news in the local area with recent expansions. It will lease the site of the former Macy’s at the Meriden Mall, and has announced a partnership with Masonicare in Wallingford.

As we noted in a recent editorial about health-care developments, what matters most is the benefit to patients. A final ruling by the state Office of Health Strategies on the two-year-old Connecticut Proton Therapy Center application by is expected soon. Approval will bring major, significant treatment options and other benefits to the area. It’s hard to see a downside.


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