Bishop of Metuchen blesses newly opened adult cancer center

December 16, 2015

Project is Saint Peter’s-Sovereign Oncology partnership   

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop of Metuchen, led a blessing on Monday of the newly opened Saint Peter’s center for the treatment of adult cancers on Easton Avenue, a joint venture between Saint Peter’s Healthcare System and Sovereign Medical Group, one of New Jersey’s premier providers of comprehensive medical services.

Sovereign Medical Group was founded in 1988 by John H. Hajjar, M.D. Today the 25-physician medical group partners with several surgery centers in northern New Jersey.

The adult cancer center opened to patients in late summer. The New Brunswick collaboration offers a wide variety of radiation oncology services for adults, including a linear accelerator, a device that delivers external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer.

Bladder, kidney, and other common forms of cancer will be treated at the cancer center.

“This will be run as a Saint Peter’s entity with inpatient and outpatient radiation oncology departments,” said Frank DiSanzo, chief strategy officer for the healthcare system.

Gopal Desai, M.D., chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, will service as medical director of the Saint Peter’s Cancer Center.

Photo Captions:
Top Photo: Les Hirsch, president of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, blesses the newly opened Saint Peter’s Cancer Center on Easton Avenue with a spray of holy water  as he is joined, from left, by Kim Kiely, radiation therapist; John H. Hajjar, M.D, founder of Sovereign Oncology; Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop of Metuchen; Jim Tesoriero, director of pastoral care, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and Gopal Desai, M.D., chairman of the radiation oncology department at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.  
Bottom Photo: The exterior of the Saint Peter’s Cancer Center at 215 Easton Avenue in New Brunswick.

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