Over 300 people attend kickoff for Piedmont Brain Tumor Center project
ATLANTA, Ga. (February 17, 2011)—On Saturday, February 12th, more than 300 doctors, survivors, and members of the Piedmont family celebrated the kick off of the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center at the Atlanta History Center. The event featured Dr. Mark R. Gilbert, M.D., who is the Bender Professor of Cancer Research and deputy chair of Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and by James C. Robinson, surgical director of the Piedmont Hospital Brain Tumor Center.
(L to R) Terri Thiro, Rooms to Go representative; Reg Haid, M.D.; Betsy and Larry Orr, patient (Larry) and event hosts; Mark R. Gilbert, M.D., featured speaker; and James Robinson, M.D.
The most honored guests at the event were the 33 brain tumor survivors who attended, many of whom shared their personal stories.
Piedmont Hospital has been on the forefront of brain tumor treatments for several decades. It was the fourth hospital in the nation to provide Gamma Knife technology to its surgical patients. And now, through generous philanthropic support, and a newly focused dedication from its physicians, Piedmont plans to become a more focused provider of these top-tier services to the Atlanta area.
“This has been a really long time coming for the metro Atlanta area and for the state of Georgia,” said Dr. Robinson. “We’re really looking at the development of a brain tumor treatment center at Piedmont that will be national class.”
The kickoff event for the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center represents the beginning of a concerted effort to coordinate the most advanced technology available with the kind of high-quality, individualized care that Piedmont is known for. This group of services and physicians will be devoted to the care of brain tumors throughout the family of Piedmont hospitals.
More than 300 guests gathered for Piedmont Hospital's Brain Tumor Center Kick-off
“When you’re given the diagnosis of a brain tumor, you want to spend as much time with your family and your children and your friends as you can,” said Mrs. Betsy Orr, whose husband, Larry, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November of 2008. She feels that the new initiative will allow her family to receive the best treatments that Piedmont offers, in a more centralized way, and to stay close to their home and family. “I’m just convinced that this is what has helped Larry so much in his progress and what has helped me stay calm and feel supported.”
For more information on the center, including physician and patient information, visit piedmontbraintumorcenter.org.