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New Facility Will Bring New Cancer Services to Aberdeen

Oct 23, 2014 01:56PM ● By MED Magazine

Construction has begun on the new $13 million home of the Avera Cancer Institute Aberdeen – the Coach Don & Carmen Meyer Center of Excellence.

The new 27,500-square-foot building will be constructed south of the southeast wing of Avera St. Luke’s Hospital at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Penn Street in Aberdeen. The initial project will be one floor, with the capacity to add three additional floors in the future.

Service enhancements will include public education and screening programs, increased research and clinical trials, genetic counseling via telemedicine, a social work program, alternative medicine options, and several subspecialty clinics, including endocrinology, medical oncology, pediatric oncology support, radiation oncology and rheumatology. Multi-specialty clinics for breast, lung and colon cancer also are being planned. A new $3.4 million linear accelerator will be housed in the building as well.

“We’re currently seeing more than 17,000 patient visits each year for cancer care,” says Todd Forkel, Regional President and CEO of Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. “As our population ages, we expect that number to rise significantly. This new facility will accommodate the cancer care expertise and technology of today, and for decades to come.”

The late Coach Don Meyer of Aberdeen expressed his gratitude for the cancer care he received and committed time and resources to the capital campaign, “Avera Cancer Institute Aberdeen, Mission of Hope and Healing.” It was announced in April that then new cancer facility would be named after the Meyers in honor of this commitment. The local fundraising campaign has a goal of $6.1 million, with the $7.4 million remainder to be funded by Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.