A Knoxville, Tenn.-based health care organization will break ground this fall on an approximately $100 million proton therapy and cancer treatment center in Lenexa.
Provision Healthcare LLC, a vertically integrated company that manufactures proton therapy systems and owns and operates the cancer centers it develops, will build a 40,000-square-foot proton therapy center and a 90,000-square-foot medical office building on 11.5 acres adjacent to Renner Corporate Centre I at 95th Street and Renner Boulevard.
Proton therapy is an advanced form of targeted radiation treatment using protons — rather than X-rays — to attack cancerous tumors through a precisely targeted treatment.
Provision Healthcare CEO Terry Douglass told the Kansas City Business Journal that the company had been eyeing the Kansas City market for several years and decided about a year ago to move forward with plans.
“It’s an ideal location for us because Lenexa is expanding its whole (City Center) concept and lots of development is going on there. It’s very easy to get to, and there are a lot opportunities for our patients to have access to other services in that area,” Douglass said. “With proton therapy there is generally no side effects or very limited side effects, so you can schedule a treatment and a tee time in the same day.”
The Lenexa facility will have three treatment rooms that utilize equipment from ProNova Solutions LLC, a Provision Healthcare subsidiary. Provision projects approximately 1,000 patients per year will be treated at the proton center in Johnson County. Douglass said at capacity, the proton center will require about 80 employees.
In addition to the proton therapy center, the company plans to build a three-story medical office building, which will include complementary cancer services like diagnostic imaging, medical oncology and men and women’s health services.
Provision is set to close on the sale of the 11.5-acre property on Sept. 27 from a Block Real Estate Services-led investment group, Renner Associates LLC, which had planned to build Renner Corporate Centre II on the site.