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Hospital of Central Connecticut breaks ground for $40 million cancer center

[December 04 2012] - In late October, The Hospital of Central Connecticut broke 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 Oct. 24 ground breaking included U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal; Gov. Dannel P. Malloy; New Britain Mayor Timothy O’Brien; state Rep. Betty Boukus; state Sen. Terry Gerratana; Elliot Joseph, president and CEO, Hartford HealthCare; and Clarence J. Silvia, president and CEO, The Hospital of Central Connecticut. A reception followed at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

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.

“Our new cancer center has been designed with our patients as the focus,” says HOCC President and CEO Clarence J. Silvia. “We’re bringing our services together so that every one of our patients receives the most advanced, seamless, and coordinated care in one convenient location.”

“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, Comprehensive Breast 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 which is expected to take approximately 18 months. The $40 million construction cost includes the cancer center and a healing garden. 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 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.