Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Breaks Ground On New Cancer Center
Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare (EMHC) marked a defining moment in its history with the groundbreaking ceremony for its new, state-of-the-art cancer center on August 28, 2012.
“Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare continues to grow and has developed deep roots in the surrounding communities,” said W. Peter Daniels, President and CEO of EMHC. “As we embark on an exciting future with new possibilities in cancer care for the communities we serve, we celebrate this achievement and continue to look for new ways to provide quality, patient centered care.”
In addition to Daniels, Peter “Pete” Dicianni, Mayor of Elmhurst; Bob Platt, Vice Chairman of the Elmhurst Memorial Board of Trustees; Jean Lydon, Associate Vice President of Patient Care Services; and Charles Geiger, M.D., Medical Staff President, had the honor of starting the building process on this new facility that will provide compassionate care to cancer patients and their families.
The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care will be added to the 50-acre integrated healthcare campus and will be attached to the east lobby of the Main Campus. Expected to open in fall of 2013, the 30,000-square foot facility will contain medical oncologist offices, an infusion center, radiation oncology services, and the latest robotic radiosurgery system called Cyberknife. In keeping with EMHC’s adoption of the Planetree philosophy, the design will be focused on the patients’ experience. To promote healing of the mind, body and spirit, the hospital will include lots of natural light and other features to create a “non-institutional” feel. A healing garden will provide a soothing outdoor environment for those at the Center, while guests inside can visit the Education Resource Center to find print materials and other resources regarding cancer and treatments.
“Its central location at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital allows patients who visit the new Center to get lab work, see their physician and undergo therapy – all in one day,” Lydon said. “It will be a center that is flexible enough to adapt and grow to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities and the new advancements in cancer research. Most importantly, it will be where modern technology joins with compassion to treat the whole person, not just an illness.”