Community Cancer Center North to bring expanded oncology services to the North Region
Community Health Network today broke ground on a new $60 million cancer center, Community Cancer Center North, which will provide expanded oncology services to Community’s North Region. According to a press release from the hospital, it is being built following an increasing demand for cancer care.The new center, to be located on the Community Hospital North campus along Shadeland Avenue and just south of Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, will replace the existing decades-old cancer center. It will be connected by a walkway to Community Hospital North.
“Our cancer volumes have significantly increased across the network over the past several years, outpacing our growth projections,” stated Bryan Mills, president and CEO of Community Health Network. “The need for this new facility couldn’t be greater. We have outgrown the space in our current cancer center on the Community North campus, and this new building will not only provide the kind of exceptional cancer care our patients already expect and receive, but also a host of new services that take cancer care well into the future.”
Community Cancer Center North will be a three-story, 104,000-square foot facility. The new center will treat medical, radiation and surgical oncology patients. Amenities and benefits include expansive private guest suites with family areas; natural lighting; a garden, courtyard and entry built to lessen anxiety; work space areas; a wellness facility; a labyrinth for walking and meditation; and short-wait treatment times.
The new center will incorporate an integrative healthcare model, which provides such services as spaces devoted to cancer support groups, physical therapy, art therapy, music therapy, tai chi and massage. In addition, some rooms will be equipped with exercise equipment. Computers will be available in each exam room, so that patient may continue work plans or conduct research about their disease.
“Our new cancer facility was designed completely around our patients and their personal needs during the treatment process,” stated Jianan Graybill, MD, radiation oncologist and lead physician on the project. “We are building this with direct design input from our patients, physicians and staff. The result will be enhanced patient care, as well as efficient use of treatment space that also improves the experience for physicians and staff.”
Community Health Network is affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently the No. 1 cancer hospital according to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. Thirty-four Community Health Network oncology specialists are certified physicians by MD Anderson Cancer Network®.
Construction on the new Community Cancer Center North is expected to be complete in early 2017.