Scott Hamilton Proton Therapy Center

An application for a certificate of need was approved unanimously (9-0) today by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency for the development of Tennessee’s third proton therapy cancer treatment center.  Provision Trust, Inc. and the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation are planning to develop and operate the first Scott Hamilton Proton Therapy Center in the United States in the city of Franklin in Williamson County. 

The $109 million not-for-profit center will be open to all qualified and properly credentialed radiation oncologists, regardless of hospital affiliation, bringing proton therapy to the citizens of Middle Tennessee.  The proton center will be developed on an 11.6-acre vacant lot near Williamson Medical Center and the existing Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Franklin.

Proton Therapy is one of the most advanced treatments available to cancer patients.  Currently, there are only 15 proton therapy centers in the United States. Provision currently owns and operates one of those 14 centers located in Knoxville. 

“Proton therapy is an amazing form of cancer treatment that allows patients to receive the life-saving care they need while maintaining a high quality of life at the same time,” said Scott Hamilton, who testified at today’s meeting in Nashville.  “I am eager to see it available here in Middle Tennessee.  This community leads the nation in so many ways when it comes to healthcare, and this project represents another important opportunity to demonstrate our leadership yet again. I am proud to lend my name and support to this initiative.”

Olympic figure-skating gold medalist Scott Hamilton, a resident of Franklin and a cancer survivor, serves as a board member of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy and formed the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (SHCF) with a mission to improve cancer patient survivorship by supporting world class cancer research and the highest quality patient treatment and care.

The addition of the first Scott Hamilton Proton Therapy Center in Hamilton’s city of residence is a significant step towards a progressive new vision in cancer advocacy, awareness and treatment. The center will primarily serve 38 Middle Tennessee counties. Its secondary service area extends to West Tennessee and adjoining areas of Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky.   

With the Scott Hamilton Proton Center in Franklin, the pediatric center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (scheduled to open in 2016), and the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville, Tennessee will be the only state with three proton therapy centers. Most are located at renowned cancer centers such as the University of Texas’s MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University.  Emory University in Atlanta and the Mayo Clinic plan to open centers this year.