Chelsea Community Hospital announces plans for new $10M cancer center
After a major addition last year, Chelsea Community Hospital will continue to grow in 2014.
The hospital announced has announced plans to build a new 15,000 square-foot cancer center.
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“A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event and we recognize that patients need to receive care that is outstanding both in terms of clinical competence and the compassionate way it is delivered,” Kathleen Beekman, director of the Chelsea Community Hospital Infusion Center, said in a statement.
Chelsea Milling Company CEO Howdy Holmes and his wife Carole have signed on to co-chair the capital campaign that will look to raise $6 million in support of the project. Chelsea Community Hospital spokeswoman Laura Blodgett said that the total estimated cost of the center is expected to be just under $10 million.
The new center will be an addition to the main hospital. It will include medical oncology and radiation oncology suites, physician exam rooms, patient areas, changing rooms, an onsite pharmacy for mixing chemotherapy drugs, and the infrastructure needed for a linear accelerator and CT simulator for radiation treatment.
The hospital also plans to purchase the linear accelerator and CT simulator that can create targeted radiation treatment plans for patients.
Patients receiving chemotherapy treatments will be treated in the new center, which will contain eight infusion bays and two private infusion rooms.
Chelsea Community Hospital doubled in size in 2012, adding a $40 million 130,000 square-foot expansion that opened in December. The hospital’s addition included a 20-room emergency room and 54 new hospital beds.
Blodgett said that an $8 million renovation project for the surgery center in the original hospital that was scheduled to start in 2013 is underway. According to city officials, the hospital has yet to submit plans for the new center to the City of Chelsea for review by the city’s planning and zoning commissions.
Chelsea Community Hospital is part of CHE Trinity Health System, which reached a new affiliation agreement with the University of Michigan Hospital System last year. Trinity Health is the parent company of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
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