Wim­mera cen­tre gets to work

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera Cancer Cen­tre in Hor­sham is of­fi­cially op­er­a­tional, with doors open­ing to its first pa­tients last week.

The oc­ca­sion rep­re­sented a pro­found mile­stone for a project peo­ple across the Wim­mera, Mallee and beyond had em­braced.

Wim­mera Health Care Group team mem­bers had been busily mov­ing to the cen­tre in the pre­vi­ous week to en­sure they could start work­ing with pa­tients as planned by Jan­uary 23.

Health group act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Knights said chemo­ther­apy pa­tients were the first to be­gin treat­ment at the new cen­tre and the ex­pec­ta­tion was that dial­y­sis pa­tients would start treat­ment there in early Fe­bru­ary.

“There was a real buzz at the new cen­tre on the Wed­nes­day morn­ing,” he said.

“Team mem­bers from a range of de­part­ments have been busily work­ing to be ready to meet this planned date we had set, and they did a great job.

“Pro­fes­sor Ge­orge Kan­nourakis, one of our on­col­o­gists, set up his of­fice at the new cen­tre on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and his first con­sult was with Audrey and John Klemm at 8.30am.

“To be in the tran­si­tion phase over to the new Wim­mera Cancer Cen­tre is ex­cit­ing for every­one in­volved and we are very grate­ful to al­ready be at this stage just three and a half years af­ter start­ing the cam­paign to get this fa­cil­ity built.”

Mr Knights said plans were to open Wim­mera Cancer Cen­tre to the pub­lic at com­mu­nity open days on Fe­bru­ary 16 and 17. The cen­tre will open from 10am to 1pm.

The Wim­mera Cancer Cen­tre rep­re­sents one of the largest com­mu­ni­ty­driven projects in the con­tem­po­rary his­tory of Hor­sham and re­gion.

It at­tracted, and con­tin­ues to at­tract, sig­nif­i­cant phil­an­thropic and busi­ness back­ing as well as com­mu­nity sup­port from a broad range of Wim­mera groups, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als.

ACE Ra­dio Broad­cast­ers, through The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser and ra­dio sta­tions 3WM and MIXX FM and the Ge­off and He­len Hand­bury Foun­da­tion, have strongly sup­ported the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar project since its in­cep­tion.

NEW DIGS: Pro­fes­sor Ge­orge Kan­nourakis greeted his Wim­mera Cancer Cen­tre in Hor­sham. first pa­tients, John and Audrey Klemm, at

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