Expanding the Regional Cancer Center: January 7, 2017
Unfortunately, cancer treatment is a growing need in our community. To meet that need, health experts at the Regional Cancer Center are expanding their facility.
Chief administrative officer of oncology services, Sharon MacDonald, understands that cancer treatment can be a long and challenging journey for the patient and their family. “We want to look at it like a total environment of healing. When you begin the journey in the tunnel, there’s a light at the other end. When you’re diagnosed with cancer your world shrinks and your whole life flashes before you and you tend to focus on that disease. What we want people to do is focus on healing.”
To improve that focus, they’ve decided to expand the Regional Cancer Center in Fort Myers. “We’re doing just under 15,000 patients a year and that’s up from about 8,000 when we started. We’ve had double digit growth here almost every year since we opened,” said MacDonald.
To meet the growing need, the Regional Cancer Center will expand 24,000 square feet. “We didn’t want stark white walls. We wanted them to feel water sounds. We wanted them to feel plants and living things around them. We wanted them to get the feel of space,” said MacDonald.
The added space will expand the genetics program and make room for new programs in cancer surveillance and survivorship. The new building will also have a palliative care program, a cancer data center, a multidisciplinary program, and a cancer rehabilitation center. “It will also give us an opportunity to make sure they have the tools they need to finish their treatment. That they still can stay connected. It gives us a little more space for our general exercise classes and the kinds of support services that we want cancer patients to have,” said MacDonald.
The new facility is expected to open in the fall.
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