Columbus Regional purchases Tidwell Cancer Center

Columbus Regional Healthcare System has purchased the Tidwell Cancer Treatment Center in Columbus, officials confirmed Friday.

Both groups declined to disclose the purchase price of the center, which was founded by radiation oncologist Dr. Jack Tidwell in the early 1990s.

“I think it would be good for Columbus to have no competing places and fight cancer together,” Tidwell said. “I’m just looking to partner more than I am to have a standoff with them. We can market the treatment of cancer now. We’re working together now. We’re all fighting for the patients. Now we don’t have to fight each other for the patients.”

Tidwell and his staff are expected to continue providing radiation therapy services at the cancer center, which is located on Warm Springs Road. Patients should see no change in the center’s operations or delivery of care, he said.

“Everything’s the same,” Tidwell said.

As part of the deal, all 20 Tidwell employees are now Columbus Regional employees. Columbus Regional owns the practice’s equipment, but not the building. Tidwell, who has been practicing in Columbus for the past 19 years, remains an independent practitioner.

The oncologist said several groups began approaching him last year about purchasing his practice.

“After learning he would be interested in joining with Columbus Regional by selling the non-professional aspects of his practice and its associated equipment, Columbus Regional agreed that the acquisition was a good fit for our mission of service and our leadership role in regional cancer treatment,” Columbus Regional said in a prepared statement. Officials from the organization were unavailable for comment Friday.

Tidwell said he chose Columbus Regional because they were locally based, knew the cancer treatment business and shared the same philosophy of treating every patient regardless of their ability to pay.

Columbus Regional is a nonprofit healthcare organization that takes on much of the indigent and charity care load in the Columbus region. They own the John B. Amos Cancer Center, which serves 14 counties around the Columbus area.

“(Columbus Regional Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) Larry Sanders and I have the same philosophy,” Tidwell said. “I’m treating everybody as though they were my parents or my sister. That’s the way I’ve always done it.”