The center will be an expansion of the already existing Regional Cancer Center near the hospital. Samaritan says it expects to start construction this summer.
The $12 million facility will provide a central location for cancer patients to receive care -everything from lab work, diagnostic services, and radiation oncology care. President and Cheif Executive Officer Larry Mullins of Samaritan Health says the organization has been talking about bringing the services together in one location for years.
“To actually see it get to this point this quickly once we actually initiated the fundraising effort – and now the final design process – is a pretty gratifying process,” he said. “There’s been a need for many years now to have one consolidated location where the cancer patients could go to receive both their diagnostic services and their ongoing oncology care.”
Mullins says physicians will be able to link to higher level cancer centers through virtual technologies to provide better care for their patients. The facility will also have a cancer resource center open to the public.
Next year, Samaritan also plans to start construction to double the size of the Mario Pastega House, a place hospital patients and family members can stay while receiving care.