Avera Cancer Institute Marshall Celebrates Grand Opening
Mar 01, 2015 05:16PM
By MED Magazine
Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center recently celebrated the grand opening of Avera Cancer Institute Marshall.
The 16,500-square-foot addition is attached to the front and side of the hospital. In addition to space for state-of-the-art cancer care, it provides a new front entrance to the hospital, a second hospital chapel, and an expanded gift shop.
Avera Marshall has been offering chemotherapy for a number of years. The new Avera Cancer Institute Marshall building enhances space for chemotherapy and adds radiation therapy as a vital cancer care service.
“Because this care is available in Marshall, patients can go home and sleep in their own bed every night. They can continue to be with their families, and even work if they feel up to it,” said Barbara Schlager, MD, Radiation Oncologist at Avera Cancer Institute Marshall.
A large atrium space at the entry way features a donor and history wall, fireplace, and comfortable waiting space. The new ACI also features an Elekta Infinity linear accelerator, two changing rooms, four exam rooms, six semi-private chemotherapy bays and two private bays, as well as a family waiting room.
Like other Avera buildings, Avera Cancer Institute Marshall is home to its own original art collection of 30 pieces by 16 artists. Mediums include paintings, mosaic tile, pastel drawings, tapestry and photography. The chapel is adorned with six custom stained glass windows and two door panels.
“This center is branded as Avera Cancer Institute not only in name, but in look and feel, and the sophistication of expertise and technology offered,” said Mary Maertens, Regional President and CEO of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center. “Under the Avera name, the health care consumer can have immediate confidence in this cancer center.”
Plans for a new cancer center offering radiation therapy have been in the works for a number of years. When the city of Marshall sold the hospital to Avera in 2009, $7 million was set aside for cancer care.
With that seed money plus interest, the community of Marshall provided financial support to see the project through to completion. To date, nearly $5 million has been raised to complete the $12.95 million project. More than 1,700 donors have given toward the goal.