IBA nets proton therapy contract in Tennessee
Provision Healthcare has signed an agreement with Ion Beam Applications (IBA) for the purchase, installation and maintenance of a new proton therapy system at Tennessee’s first proton beam cancer center, located in Knoxville.

The contract is valued at more than $70 million and includes a proton cyclotron, two isocentric-gantry treatment rooms and a fixed-beam treatment room. A long-term operation and maintenance agreement also is included.

The proton therapy project is being developed by Provision Healthcare on the Provision Health Alliance (PHA) campus. The facility’s first patients are expected to be treated with cancer-fighting proton beams in early 2014.

In addition to advanced cancer treatment, the center also will include training and research in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratories and the University of Tennessee. It will be open to referrals from all hospital systems and physicians, according to the company.

Clinical partners on the PHA campus are Tennessee Cancer Specialists, the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center and two diagnostic and therapeutic oncology providers in the state of Tennessee.