June 2002

Ground Is Broken For Sugar Land Cancer Center
First outpatient radiation center to be constructed in Fort Bend County

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently to begin construction on the $8.6 million Sugar Land Cancer Center. Located next to the Sugar Land Medical Center at 15500 Southwest Freeway, the
comprehensive multidisciplinary cancer center is the first outpatient radiation center to be constructed in Fort Bend County. The new concept is a project of HCA and the West Houston Medical Center.

"This project will bring world class cancer therapy offered by board certified radiation oncologists," said Joan Damon, administrator for the Sugar Land Medical Center and the new facility.

"We believe most patients prefer receiving treatments closer to home," she added, explaining the 12,000 square foot single-story facility will bring the latest advances in radiation therapy in the nation and the state to the 18 acre campus.

The Sugar Land Cancer Center will offer its patients research-based diagnostic abilities for treating over 150 cancers; including adrenal, bladder, brain, breast, colon, head and neck, kidney, lung, rectal, and renal cancers and liver metastasis programs.

The center will also offer the latest advances and information in prevention, screenings, and education.

Dr. Karl W. King, one of few physicians in the United States board certified in both Internal Medicine and Radiation Oncology, will serve as the medical director for the center.

"The Sugar Land Cancer Center will become an important setting for quality, optimal cancer care," said King. "It will offer the latest in technology and innovative approaches for patients undergoing treatment."

" It will be important for the staff and family to offer their support so the patient can reach the highest level of care," said King, who strongly supports a healthcare team concept. "Our goal will be to treat the whole individual."

Dr. King is presently Chief of Breast Cancer Services for Western Radiation Oncology Associates which services the West Houston Medical Center, Spring Branch Medical Center, and Conroe Medical Center. He graduated summa cum laude from Washington University and attended Washington University School of Medicine, which is ranked Top Five in the nation. He completed his residency as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis and continued his studies in Radiation Oncology at the prestigious Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University Medical School. He is licensed to practice in four states. "It is our goal to select the best staff so the Sugar Land Cancer Center will deliver quality care comparable to top cancer centers in America," said King.

Completion of the Sugar Land Cancer Center is expected in spring 2003.