Article by W. Clay Crook-
The special guest speaker for the July 13, 2021, Lexington Rotary Club was Gina Myracle from the Kirkland Cancer Center. She is the Executive Director for the center and started out twenty-five years ago as a nurse. “I never expected to go into the oncology field, but God leads you where he wants, and it has been very rewarding.”
The center was a dream for a very long time. The first cancer doctors came to Jackson in 1979 and they started chemotherapy. In the early 1980’s they began cobalt treatments, and later radiation. “We’ve moved all over Jackson Madison County General Hospital, but in 2010 Carl and Alice Kirkland wanted to make a gift for the program, and that really gave us our start.”
Ground was broken for the new building in 2012, and the building went up very quickly. The staff had a lot of input with the design and development. They also wanted it to look very different from the hospital building, so that they felt like they had left it and had made a new step forward. The patient and patient needs were the goals, similar to the Disney concept, all designed to keep things positive for the patients and avoid the chaos of day-to-day business.
The center offers a variety of services and programs for the patient and is a comprehensive cancer care program. It is not an academic or research center, but works jointly with those centers, and provides a very good relationship to do what is best for the patients.
One of the goals was to bring all the oncologists together, and a year after opening the doors in 2013, the facility was fully staffed and…
For the complete article, see the July 14th edition of The Lexington Progress.