Construction nears halfway point on Regional Cancer Center - – Rockford’s News Leader

Construction nears halfway point on Regional Cancer Center


A cancer diagnosis can be crushing for patients and their families.  What follows, is sometimes stressful treatment with constant appointments to keep track of. The way it works now, cancer patents in Rockford have to travel between four locations for treatment.

One building project, created to reduce some of that stress, is about halfway done. Swedish American Health System's new Cancer Center is designed to be a "one stop shop."

Glenn Evans, Director of Construction Management and Facility Planning says,  "The disjointed care that most cancer survivors, cancer patients have now, where they have to go one place for their testing, one place for chemo treatment, and another place to get their medications is really hard. It's hard enough when you're diagnosed with this disease."

The new Cancer Center is designed to ease this stress, by providing all areas of treatment under the same roof, says SAHS Regional Cancer Center Director Diane Scovill. "We'll have onsite radiology services, we will have 24 exam rooms, we'll have 3 procedure rooms, and then we have 50 private, semi-private, and open chemo areas."

The buildings designer's are especially proud the technology they will have available for patients. "We'll have  the only maze-less linear accelerator, true-beam accelerator vault in Northern Illinois," says Evans.  

A special room was built for the machine.  Its 5 foot thick concrete walls and 11 ton lead and steel door will contain the radiation.

Swedish American Health System CEO Dr. Bill Gorski says, they wanted the building to not only be functional, but beautiful too. "Because I think if you're in the midst of that type of a treatment and you sense that things are really hectic, that implies that there's some chaos around that's happening to me. and nobody wants that. you want a sense of calm, so virtually everything you see as we get closer is intended to create that environment or calm, healing and maybe reassurance," says Dr. Gorski.  

The center is also teaming up with University of Wisconsin health care providers, so they can offer the most state of the art cancer treatments available.

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