July 14, 2015

HighPoint Health System and Sumner Regional Medical Center today celebrated the groundbreaking of the Carpenter Cancer Center at Sumner Station in Gallatin. The state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility, which features17,000-square-feet of new construction, represents an $18 million investment in bringing innovative cancer care and treatment to residents of Sumner County and surrounding communities.  It is named in honor of LifePoint Health Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William F. (Bill) Carpenter III.

Plans for the new Carpenter Cancer Center were unveiled at a special ground breaking event at Sumner Station. Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown and Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt joined HighPoint Health System CEO Susan Peach, oncologists Dr. Dianna Shipley, Dr. Rob McClure, and Bill Carpenter to discuss services, programs and technology that would be available at the cancer center.

“The Carpenter Cancer Center is a dream come true for us,” said Peach. “We’ve been proud to offer the residents of Sumner County radiation oncology and infusion therapy on campus at Sumner Regional Medical Center for almost 20 years.  Now, we’ll be able to offer more comprehensive services in one beautiful and convenient location, with the addition of the PET CT, a newer, more advanced linear accelerator, support groups, and nurse navigation under one roof.  We are so proud of this development and honored to name it after Bill Carpenter, whose support of our health system and the communities it serves has made this project possible.”

HighPoint Health System became part of LifePoint Health in 2010. With the $18 million investment in the Carpenter Cancer Center, LifePoint has invested nearly $60 million in HighPoint Health System’s hospitals, including Sumner Regional Medical Center, over the last five years.   

“I am humbled and honored that the HighPoint and Sumner teams wanted to use my name for this new cancer center,” said Carpenter. “My father is a cancer survivor, so I know firsthand how important it is to patients and their families to have easy access to great cancer care close to home.  But, this exciting news is not about me.  It is about creating a place where patients and their families find hope and healing in a caring and supportive atmosphere that is second to none. I couldn’t be more proud of the members of the HighPoint, Sumner Regional and LifePoint teams who, along with our physician partners, are working to make this new facility possible, and who strive each day to make this community healthier.”

The Carpenter Cancer Center, which will replace Sumner Regional’s current cancer care services at the hospital, will feature a skilled oncology team of 10 full-time employees led by medical oncologist Dr. Dianna Shipley and radiation oncologist Dr. Robert McClure. New members of the team include a nurse navigator, dedicated to supporting patients and their loved ones on the complex journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and management. 

New technology at the Carpenter Cancer Center includes Varian TrueBEAM, which allows better, quicker, and more accurate radiation oncology support, a new GE PET/CT scanner, and a CT simulator. Currently, most patients diagnosed with cancer in Sumner County must drive to Nashville to receive a PET CT.  The center will also offer additional support services for cancer patients, including an Educational Center, Pastoral Care, Nutrition Services and Support Groups.

“The Carpenter Cancer Center will allow our team to expand our current offerings with advanced technologies and additional support services that patients, until now, have had to travel a distance to receive,” said Dr. Shipley. “The cancer diagnosis and treatment process is challenging and stressful for a newly diagnosed patient, and this facility was designed with the special needs of cancer patients and their families in mind. For that, we are so grateful.”

The Carpenter Cancer Center will be located on Big Station Camp Boulevard at Sumner Station, just seven miles from Sumner Regional Medical Center off of Vietnam Veterans bypass in Gallatin. It is expected to open in the first quarter of 2016. Don Miller of HMC Architects PLLC is the lead architect on the project, and the contractor is Batten and Shaw.