Baptist Health Paducah to break ground for new cancer center

Baptist Health Paducah has announced it will break ground Tuesday, Sept. 22, on a new $18.3 million Regional Cancer Care Center.

The event is scheduled for 2 p.m., near the Broadway entrance to the hospital’s H. Earl Feezor Regional Radiation Therapy Center.

Construction on the two-story, 44,000-square-foot center is expected to be finished in the fall of 2017. The hospital says the cancer center will feature a "serene healing atmosphere, with private chemotherapy rooms and family space, lab and physician offices." It will be adjacent to the existing 12,000-square-foot radiation therapy center, which will be renovated.

“We have been offering the latest in cancer care since 1967,” hospital President William A. Brown said in the announcement Thursday. “But this unique center, unprecedented in our region, has been designed to pull all of our services together in the most convenient and comfortable new environment for our patients and their families.”

Brown went on to say the hospital’s commitment to quality care "has never wavered," but he said the project  "has evolved as we have listened to our patients, their families and our physicians.”

“The result," Brown said, "is that patients now will be able to valet park at the door, go in and see their doctors, get their labs and their treatments in one centralized place."

The hospital noted that, in addition to the new center, it currently has new technology including Stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy available through its new Varian Trubeam linear accelerator. The hospital also has five medical oncologists, a radiation oncologist and a variety of surgical specialists, including brain and spine surgeons.

“Sometimes our patients will go to academic centers, such as Vanderbilt, and the specialists there will say to them, ‘Why are you here? There is no need for you to leave Paducah,’” Brown said.

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