By James Steven, The Marion Star

Full-service treatment for cancer was the target, and OhioHealth Marion General Hospital has hit the bull’s-eye.

An all-encompassing program for treatment options for cancer patients is available in Marion for residents in this seven-county service area. Thirty patients receive treatment daily.

“From screening, to testing, to treatment, to survivorship, it’s all right here,” said Terri DeTano, vice president at the hospital for operations, integration and quality of care.

Lisa Ahonen is director of the OhioHealth Radiation Oncology/Cancer program.

“One of the goals here at MGH is to give as many services locally as we can for our patients,” she said.

As part of the OhioHealth network, through support of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, cancer care staff in Marion aim to put their patients and families at the center of a collaborative and supportive environment that focuses on the physical and emotional well-being of the patient.

One instrument is the wide-bore computed tomography scanner, which helps target the direction and angle treatment should take.

“Our goal is to get as much dose to the tumor or affected area without harming any other structure,” said Brenda Devine, manager of the center, while giving a tour of the facility that is linked through this story at

The former Marion Regional Cancer Center at 1150 Crescent Heights Road, which had operated since 1987, was acquired in December 2012.

As part of a recent $500,000 upgrade in technology and renovation of the facility using all local vendors, the OhioHealth Radiation Oncology center’s options for cancer services in the north central region were expanded.

The first person you see in the center is the hospital’s patient navigator, Jennifer Knotts. She is there to ensure patients and their families find the resources, treatment and support services needed.

Dr. Jeanne Ashworth, of the OhioHealth Medical Specialty Foundation, provides radiation oncology care at the facility. Her new practice, OhioHealth Cancer Physicians, provides access to clinical integration for the benefit of each patient, said Susan Loyer, of MGH public relations.

Marion General’s multidisciplinary panel of radiologists, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons take a collaborative approach to evaluating, diagnosing and developing treatment options tailored to the specific needs of each patient, Loyer said.

The focus also is on screening and survivorship programming, as evidenced by the services offered, she said.