About 18 months ago my wife was diagnosed with cancer. About a year ago we decided to move to Brookings for its weather, beauty and proximity to health care, including a new hospital in Gold Beach. However, upon our move, we learned that chemotherapy was not a local option, and we would need to drive several hours to either Eureka, Coos Bay or Medford.

This all changed recently with the opening of Sutter Coast Hospital’s chemo center, a $1 million-plus investment in providing chemotherapy locally. Within two weeks of the new center’s opening, we met with Dr. Adour Adrouny and the center’s staff. We found them to be professional, caring and knowable; the new center to be spacious, inviting and more comfortable than what we had experienced at two other hospitals during our journey; therefore, my wife became their patient.

My wife has received multiple treatments at the new facility, and I want to tell you that we have been very pleased with not only the physical layout of the unit, but the responsiveness and caring of the staff. My wife continues to receive the newest treatment protocols, recommended by doctors/professors at UC. We found that Adrouny was knowledgeable about these protocols as he has over 30 years’ experience in the Bay Area.

We cannot say enough about how we have been treated. This letter has two purposes, our expression of thanks to Sutter for their investment; to Adrouny for his professional and experience; and to the new center’s staff, who seem to go out of their way to be caring and providing. Second, to tell others that there is now local alternative to the travel to out of the area chemotherapy facilities; and that option is first rate and should be explored by anyone faced with the need for of Chemotherapy and Oncology services.

Dave Fortman