Jobs target proton center, ProNova
Plans are under way to ramp up hiring at a West Knoxville medical campus as the state’s first proton therapy center dedicated to cancer treatment nears 80 percent completion.
Provision Health Alliance, an integrated clinical outpatient health care center at Dowell Springs off Middlebrook Pike, has already nearly doubled its staff this year to about 100 employees in a variety of positions, said David Lopater, vice president of human resources and risk management.
“That was very exciting. We’re hoping to continue on this track for a while,” Lopater said. “We are beginning very serious planning as we speak. We are asking our division and business unit heads to plan their staffing needs for 2013.”
The 90,000-square-foot proton therapy center, which recently received approval for a $110 million tax-exempt bond issue by the Knox County Industrial Development Board, is slated to be operational by early 2014.
The primary staffing focus in the coming year will target the proton therapy center and the recently launched ProNova Solutions, which aims to develop and commercialize a next generation proton machine that’s less expensive and easier to use.
ProNova currently employs about a dozen individuals, and Lopater said it is expected to go through significant growth in engineering, research and development and software.
Some recent additions to the staff include Provision’s medical director of radiation oncology Dr. Allen Meek, who was founding chairman of the department of radiation oncology at Stony Brook University Medical School in New York and a professor for more than 28 years.
Steve Clapp, a former Baptist Healthcare System of East Tennessee executive who founded Restoration Healthcare, was named executive vice president of provider services, and Nancy Howard, who previously worked in the tourism sector, serves as manager of hospitality services.