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KCH Bids Aloha to Retiring Oncologist

January 30, 2016, 2:03 PM HST
* Updated January 30, 7:32 AM
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Front row Dr. James Lambeth and wife Phoebe; second row left to right Robert Kover, Jeanne Kunis, Patrick Onley, Sanoe Ka`uhane, Poppy Sokham, Jay Kreuzer and Ellawyn Kunitomo. KCH courtesy photo.

Front row Dr. James Lambeth and wife Phoebe; second row left to right Robert Kover, Jeanne Kunis, Patrick Onley, Sanoe Ka`uhane, Poppy Sokham, Jay Kreuzer and Ellawyn Kunitomo. KCH courtesy photo.

Hawai’i Island Radiation Oncology, Ltd. and KCH Radiation oncologist Dr. James Lambeth is retiring after 40 years of service on the Big Island.

The hospital held a farewell gathering on Friday to bid their aloha to the doctor.

Dr. Lambeth was an instrumental part of bringing radiation oncology services to the Big Island. On-island radiation services provide treatment for patients close to home rather than having to travel to Honolulu to receive care.

The building of the Radiation Oncology Clinic at KCH was spearheaded by Dr. Lambeth. On May 5, 2005, the first patient was treated at the clinic.

Since its opening, Dr. Lambeth has traveled from Hilo to Kona up to four times a week to provide treatment to radiation oncology patients at KCH.

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“We feel such gratitude to Dr. Lambeth for his passionate services to patients in Kona and Hilo for so many years,” said Sanoe Ka’uhana, KCH Cancer Center Manager.

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Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, The Queen’s Health System will provide radiation oncology physician coverage daily to the KCH Radiation Oncology Clinic.

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