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UVMC Cancer Care Center Expansion Project Highlighted

Cancer Expansion PREnhancements at the UVMC Cancer Care Center were celebrated April 8 with a look at a second linear accelerator added during construction phase one and groundbreaking for phase two that will offer a new entry, an infusion center and a healing garden.

The multi-million dollar expansion kicked off last July with remodeling of the center’s lower level space to accommodate a second linear accelerator for cancer radiation therapy treatments. The accelerator arrived in February and now is in use, said Jean Heath, Cancer Care Center director.

The second phase will involve the center’s expansion to the hospital main level, where a new Cancer Care Center entrance will take clients and their families into a new waiting room, hospitality area, library, multi-use therapy room and an infusion center with 10 private rooms.

The infusion rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows will look out on a centerpiece of the expansion project – a healing garden. The garden will feature trees, foliage, bushes, flowers, benches and tables and a walking path and will be open to families and patients, whether their treatment takes 15 minutes or up to eight hours.

“When they walk in the door, we want them to feel warm, invited and take care of all needs – physical, spiritual and emotional,” Heath said.

The new cancer care area created with phase one and planned in phase two during the next year reflects a natural environment theme with looks of wood and bamboo. 

“We want to take the patient experience and make it the best we can as we provide their care,” Heath said.

“This Cancer Care Center expansion reflects UVMC’s continuing mission to provide a comprehensive continuum of cancer services in our community,” said Thomas R. Parker, UVMC president and CEO. “We’re grateful to the physicians and staffs who have worked so hard to make the expansion a reality, and also to the UVMC Board of Directors and Foundation for their support of this important project.”   

So far, the center project phase one has benefited from a gift of $750,000 from the UVMC Foundation and a gift of $250,000 from the Stouder Foundation, said Kathie Scarbrough, UVMC Foundation executive director.  In addition, the UVMC Foundation’s John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care for seven years has continued its support for the Cancer Care Center and the needs of the patients it serves.

To learn more about the UVMC Cancer Care Center, call 440-4820 or visit us online