The Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center became a vision for Darryl in 2004 after the passing of his grandfathers, each of whom battled cancer in different ways. One endured repeated long-distance drives to receive treatments, while the other opted not to make the trips. Darryl dreamed there could be a place closer to home where cancer patients could receive cancer care and then return quickly to their homes and sleep in their own beds rather than spending the day in the car or a night in a motel.
Darryl approached then Hardin Medical Center CEO Charlotte Burns with his vision. Charlotte loved the idea and presented Darryl’s vision to the Hardin County Healthcare Foundation, who agreed to help with fundraising.
HMC helped obtain the certificate of need from the state then fundraising began in 2005 and lasted five years, raising approximately $1.6 million in pledges and donations of the $2.0 million needed for the center’s construction. Darryl Worley and the Darryl Worley Foundation, Inc. donated over $600,000 toward the center, which still bears his name today.
The Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center opened its doors in 2010 and is in partnership with Kirkland Cancer Treatment Center of Jackson to provide Medical and Radiation Oncology, with Hardin Medical Center providing Chemotherapy Services. All the medical and radiation oncologists are board-certified, and a board-certified hematologist is also on staff.
In addition to radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the 9,000-square-foot center has expanded to provide more services, including biotherapy, immunotherapy, bone marrow biopsies, blood transfusions, injections, and mediport maintenance, as well as IV therapy infusions as ordered by primary care physicians or other specialists. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), a state-of-the-art cancer treatment that delivers high doses of radiation directly to cancer cells, much more precisely than is possible with conventional therapy, is available as is definitive and palliative treatments, PICC placement, and vascular access device blood draws.
Thousands of patients in the Southeast Region have benefited from the dream Darryl had for a cancer center closer to home. Plans are underway to complete an unfinished area within The Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center to accommodate growth.