ASHEVILLE, NC – The Board of Directors of Mission Hospital has voted to proceed with the development of a regional cancer center to bring together all Mission outpatient cancer services into one location. Board Chairman George Renfro says the building will be designed to provide a healing environment with convenient access for patients. It will be located adjacent to the current Memorial campus.
The 120,000 square foot facility would house outpatient services including Radiation Oncology, Cyberknife Radiosurgery, the Kay Finger Breast Program, The Zeis Children’s Cancer Center, Infusion Services, the survivorship program, and multi-disciplinary clinics providing people with particular types of cancer with a coordinated treatment plan, education, and psycho-social support services.
The center will also provide physician offices as well as increased space for research and specialized treatments that the recently announced UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center affiliation will bring to Asheville.
“The goal of this new center is to centralize services into a comprehensive building that will provide our patients and their families convenient access to state-of-the-art, coordinated and compassionate cancer care,” said Joseph F. Damore, FACHE, President and CEO of Mission Health System Inc. and Mission Hospital.
The projected cost of the center is $59 million. It will be financed through a combination of gifts through the Mission Healthcare Foundation, debt financing and capital reserves.
Before work can begin, the Mission Healthcare Foundation has been asked by the Hospital to conduct a community-wide capital campaign to assist in financing the building.
“Cancer rates are escalating in Western North Carolina and it is important to bring this facility to reality as quickly as we can,” said Bruce D. Thorsen, president of the Foundation. “Engaging our community in the development of this new center will insure that state-of-the-art treatment is available close to home for all families in Western North Carolina .”
A date for groundbreaking will be set when financing for the facility is in place. Completion of the cancer center is projected for early 2012.