Millions of dollars and months of construction work will all lead up to a brand new option for people in our region getting cancer treatment. Beloit Health System is consolidating services with patients in mind.
The network's administrators are beginning a new project that's all about care quality and it couldn't happen at a better time for the system.
"Our current capacity right now at both our hospital and at our clinics is pretty much at its limit." -says Beloit Health System Senior Vice President Tim McKevett.
The way it works now, patients receive radiation at Beloit Memorial Hospital and chemotherapy at Beloit Clinic. The new 18,000 square foot Beloit Health System UW Comprehensive Cancer Center puts all treatment services under one roof and administrators say it'll be easier to get to.
"It allows great access for our residents in Beloit, but also for our patients in Northern Illinois as well as the Eastern market in Walworth County area being located right on I-43 and I-90" -says McKevett.
Beloit Health System has looked north for partnership in this project, to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. The two networks have a bond dating back decades.
"To be able to further expand from our relationship to an expanded relationship with UW will bring new treatment protocols and the latest advances in cancer care." -McKevett says.
McKevett already knows how the $11.6 million center will be paid for.
"Funds from operations, some financing and some philanthropy."
Once it's built there's a plan for the spaces that used to offer services.
"Expansion of our primary care at our Beloit Clinic facility, and for internally in the hospital where the radiation and linear accelerator's located, we'll expand for some additional clinical services." -he adds.
McKevett says radiation and chemotherapy will be offered as usual in Beloit until the new center is ready to take over. Construction begins in February, doors are scheduled to open December 2013.
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