We served as lead counsel to a consortium of charitable foundations in their efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need (CON) to build a proton beam therapy facility in suburban Nashville, Tennessee. Proton beam therapy is a highly advanced form of radiation treatment for cancer that, as of June 2015, is available at only 15 locations in the United States. The $110 million project received unanimous approval from state regulators. Regulators previously approved two other proton facilities for Tennessee in 2010 and 2012. Bass Berry & Sims' CON team spearheaded the approval of all three projects. With the newly approved facility, Tennessee will become one of only a handful of states where patients can access this rare form of treatment at multiple locations.
The new facility received significant media attention throughout the state. Several of the articles are referenced below:
- "Olympic Gold Medalist Bringing $109 Million Cancer Treatment Center to Franklin," Nashville Business Journal (May 27, 2015)
- "Franklin Proton Therapy Center Gets State OK," The Tennessean (May 27, 2015)
- "HSDA Approves $17.3M TriStar Southern Hills Relocation to Brentwood," Nashville Post (May 27, 2015)
- "Second Proton Therapy Center Approved for Tenn.," Knoxville News Sentinel (May 27, 2015)
- "Regulatory Board Approves $109 Million Proton Therapy Center in Franklin," The Commercial Appeal (May 27, 2015)
- "Board Approves Proton Therapy for Cancer Patients in Franklin," The Daily Herald (May 28, 2015)