Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center announced this morning it is expanding its footprint into Mississippi, merging with Caring River Cancer Center in Natchez to provide treatment to residents of Adams County.
Caring River’s name will change to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Natchez. Financial details of the merger were not made public.
“Statistics show that cancer incidence and mortality rates in the Natchez region exceed the state and national average for breast, colorectal and prostate cancers,” says Mary Bird Perkins President and CEO Todd Stevens in an email to Mary Bird Perkins donors. “As a result, we will expand Mary Bird Perkins’ Prevention on the Go community program in this area to provide prevention, education and early detection services to help save more lives.”
Caring River co-owner Dr. Randy Tillman says in the formal release that the decision was based on the Caring River’s desire to continue serving the community. The Mary Bird Perkins board of directors approved the merger in December and the Natchez location will become an official part of the cancer center’s network on March 14.
As part of the merger, the two organizations have recruited radiation oncologist and researcher Dr. Gregory W. Cotter to provide treatment at the 20-year-old Natchez cancer center.