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Woodwinds radiation bill clears Senate

Senators today passed a bill that would clear the way for Woodwinds Health Campus to expand its cancer treatment care.

The bill, which passed 52-8 on the Senate floor, calls for a moratorium governing the construction and movement of radiation to be temporarily in lifted in Woodbury.

The legislation allows chemotherapy equipment to be moved from St. John's Hospital in Maplewood to Woodwinds. Both hospitals are part of the HealthEast organization.

A House version of the bill received its second reading on Monday, paving the way for possible passage in that chamber.

Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, excused himself from voting on the bill. His wife is medical director at Woodwinds.

See the attached link for background on the legislation and Woodwinds' efforts to secure the equipment.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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