For immediate release (July 14, 2020)
Scarborough, ME – New England Cancer Specialists (NECS), the region’s largest medical oncology group, has opened a new cancer care facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The facility is located in the space previously occupied and operated by Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Many staff members from the Portsmouth Regional Hospital oncology team, including Dr. Yoko Fukuda, will be joining NECS, providing a seamless transition of care for patients.
At the official opening in Portsmouth, on July 14, NECS Medical Director Dr. Devon Evans (pictured, far left) said, “We are proud to bring our services to the people of Portsmouth and the Seacoast. Our five decades of experience in leading-edge cancer care all come down to making sure we do everything we can for every patient we see." In addition to a variety of cancer and infusion therapies, the new facility in Portsmouth offers patients personalized financial advocacy, genetic counseling, palliative care services, and social work - the wraparound support patients need on their cancer journey. The Portsmouth facility joins NECS locations in Kennebunk, Scarborough and Topsham, Maine.
In New Hampshire, NECS is located at 155 Borthwick Avenue in Portsmouth, adjacent to Portsmouth Regional Hospital and easily accessible from downtown Portsmouth, I-95 and surrounding communities. Speaking on behalf of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, CEO Dean Carucci commented “NECS has built the largest and deepest medical oncology group in Northern New England. Their physicians have trained at the finest institutions across the U.S. and around the world and are nationally recognized for their expertise. We are confident in entrusting our Seacoast hematology and oncology patients to NECS’ care and we look forward to caring for these patients as we continue to grow our comprehensive surgical oncology program.”
NECS President Dr. Chiara Battelli noted, “I would like to thank the team at Portsmouth Regional Hospital for working with us to expand access to the highest quality care for patients. We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring our team-based care model to the residents of Portsmouth and New Hampshire.”
As at all NECS locations, the Portsmouth facility is adhering scrupulously to all appropriate safeguards regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As Dr. Battelli has said, “The health of our patients and staff is paramount. We continue chemotherapy, immunotherapy and other vital treatments to keep our current patients on the path to their best outcome. And we are treating newly diagnosed patients as quickly as possible.”
The new NECS facility in Portsmouth may be contacted at 603-828-0100 or through New England Cancer Specialists.org.
About New England Cancer Specialists (NECS)
NECS is an independent medical oncology group including nearly half of Maine’s board-certified medical oncologists. NECS physicians, nationally recognized for their expertise and experience, participate in more clinical trials than any other practice in Maine. With partnerships across the state and around the region, NECS aims to further increase the availability of and access to novel cancer therapeutics and programmatic advancements. For more information, visit http://www.newenglandcancerspecialists.org/.
About Portsmouth Regional Hospital
Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a 220-bed acute care hospital located in Portsmouth, NH. Portsmouth Regional Hospital serves the Seacoast region’s residents in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts and is one of the area’s largest employers. Portsmouth Regional Hospital is the only ACS Verified Level II Trauma Center on New Hampshire’s Seacoast. Portsmouth Regional Hospital is the Seacoast’s only comprehensive heart and vascular program, and its only 24/7 comprehensive neurosurgical and stroke clot retrieval programs for both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. For more information about Portsmouth’s services and physicians, visit: www.portsmouthhospital.com.