Hospital of Central Connecticut to break ground for $40 million cancer center
[October 12 2012] -
On Oct. 24, The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) will break ground in New Britain for a $40 million state-of-the-art cancer center which will consolidate outpatient services in one convenient location and allow for future expansion of cancer care.
The nearly 70,000-square-feet two-story center will be built on over nine acres of woodlands adjacent to Interstate 84 in northwest New Britain. The construction site is located at the New Britain/Plainville line, near the Department of Motor Vehicles New Britain office.
"This center will afford the ability to bring together the many specialists required for delivery of world-class cancer care, from diagnosis through treatment, including access to current international cancer research protocols," says Steven D. Hanks, M.D., MMM, FACP, executive vice president and chief medical officer of The Hospital of Central Connecticut.
The new center, to include an atrium, will house the hospital's George Bray Cancer Center, the American Savings Foundation Radiation Therapy Treatment Center and related cancer services. HOCC provides advanced programs in breast, colon, gynecologic, lung, and prostate cancers. A medical office building will be built adjacent to the atrium and owned by The Tomasso Group.
The Tomasso Group is building the cancer center; completion date is to be determined. The $40 million construction cost includes the cancer center and a healing garden. Toward cancer center funding, the hospital is launching a multi-million dollar fund-raising campaign to help cover building and related costs. In addition to philanthropy, project support includes a state-funded $5 million grant, part of which will go toward HOCC's oncology services.
The cancer center will offer centralized and coordinated care that will encompass all outpatient areas of cancer care -- treatment, detection, prevention, support and research. The center will comprise diagnostic services like MRI and PET-CT scans (to be housed in medical office building); infusion (chemo) therapy; radiation therapy, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), brachytherapy and Novalis radiosurgery; clinical research; genetic counseling and testing; and physician offices.
Supporting the healthcare services at the center will be complementary therapies such as nutrition programs and massage; support care and education; and services for cancer survivors.
The new cancer center's building design will include quiet, calming interior spaces infused with natural beauty and light to create a peaceful, nurturing and healing environment. The center's campus will include a healing garden, an outdoor courtyard for patients and families, walking trails and seating areas.
In 2011 the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons granted the hospital's Cancer Center three-year accreditation with commendation. In addition, this past spring, HOCC's Comprehensive Breast Center was recognized by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. as a Certified Quality Breast Center through its National Quality Measures for Breast CentersTM Program. It is one of 18 Certified Quality Breast centers in the United States and the only one in Connecticut.
The hospital's comprehensive breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It includes two breast navigators and weekly breast conference meetings. Nurse navigators guide patients through the healthcare system from diagnosis through treatment. Among the program's educational initiatives are survivorship workshops and manuals for patients with breast cancer. For program information, please contact Nurse Navigator Bethany Carr, R.N., B.S.N., at 860-827-0525 option 4 or visit http://www.thocc.org/services/breast/nurse.aspx.