Pres­ence Health build­ing Chicago can­cer cen­ter

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —An­dis Robeznieks

Con­struc­tion is start­ing on a $12.3 mil­lion can­cer cen­ter at Pres­ence Sts. Mary and El­iz­a­beth Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Chicago. The fa­cil­ity rep­re­sents a re­de­vel­op­ment that is be­ing driven by a com­mu­nity “vi­sion­ing” process and a pop­u­la­tion health fo­cus.

Hospi­tal of­fi­cials said the com­mu­nity’s can­cer cases are ex­pected to in­crease by 18% in the next 10 years. The new Cen­ter for Can­cer and Spe­cialty Care, ex­pected to open next sum­mer, will in­clude a lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor, ex­panded in­fu­sion ser­vice, a phar­macy and a pa­tient-ed­u­ca­tion re­source cen­ter of­fer­ing ex­panded com­mu­nity pro­gram­ming.

The hospi­tal held a week­long se­ries of pro­grams last month so­lic­it­ing ideas from its neigh­bors about what they wanted in the com­mu­nity and what they wanted from the hospi­tal. There was a call for Sts. Mary and El­iz­a­beth to be “a cham­pion of se­nior hous­ing,” and to pro­vide some type of ur­gent­care fa­cil­ity for be­hav­ioral health.

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