Private comprehensive cancer center proposed for Riverton; Public meeting set Friday morning
By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
(Riverton, Wyo.) – A former Fremont County oncologist now practicing in Gillette is proposing to construct a cancer center in Fremont County. Dr. Keith Mills has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the topic Friday morning at the Holiday Inn in Riverton at 10 a.m..
Mills has created the Wyoming Cancer Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization to promote the idea. “Our goal at the Wyoming Cancer Foundation is to raise $5-million over the next three years to build a cancer center which will include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, cancer support services and a community education center. I’ve got the blueprints and the land and I’d like to invite the community to join the conversation,” he said.
According to the organization’s web site, Rebecca Smith of Riverton is the Executive Director of the organization.
“If you have cancer in Fremont County, you have to take the bus to Casper for your treatments. Why can’t we build a cancer center here?” he asked when talking with County10.com on Tuesday. “We should have our own cancer center and tie that in to the great nursing program at Central Wyoming College. I think it’s time to approach the community with this idea.”
Mills said the Wyoming Cancer Foundation intends to build what he termed is a “a comprehensive” cancer center. “This will make quality cancer care more accessible to Wyoming families,” he said.
Mills said a capital campaign will be organized to fund the center. For additional information about the Foundation, click here.