A Certificate of Need has been granted to Forrest General Hospital by the Mississippi State Department of Health for the addition of a linear accelerator at FGH’s Cancer Center.
A linear accelerator is the device most commonly used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer. The linear accelerator is used to treat all parts/organs of the body. It delivers high-energy x-rays or electrons to the region of the patient's tumor. These treatments can be designed in such a way that they destroy the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue.
The facility currently operates two linear accelerators which are being used in excess of the facility’s expected level of patient services. A first floor addition to the facility will be constructed to house the vault for the third accelerator.
The total capital expenditure for the project is $5,654,262.
The state’s Certificate of Need process is a fundamental component of the state’s health planning and health regulatory activities. In managing the Certificate of Need process, the department seeks to improve the health of Mississippi residents to increase accessibility, acceptability, continuity and quality of health services; to prevent unnecessary duplication of health resources and to provide some cost containment.