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      Good Sam Receives $3.3 Million Grant for New Cancer Treatment Equipment

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      The CHI Health Good Samaritan hospital in Kearney has received $3.3 million to improve services at its cancer center.

      The $3,302,000 grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will go toward purchasing a new state-of-the-art radiotherapy system. The TrueBeam STx by Varian Medical Systems will replace the 10-year-old system currently in use.

      The new system allows doctors to customize treatments for an individual's particular cancer and delivers treatment with more speed and accuracy.

      CHI Health Good Samaritan president Mike Schnieders says the up to date equipment will allow patients to get the best treatment possible without leaving the region.

      The hospital hopes to have the new system installed and treatments started in early 2015. During the replacement period, hospital staff will continue to treat patients using the Varian Trilogy.

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