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March 27 Marks 25th Anniversary of June E. Nylen Cancer Center

Mar 04, 2020 10:58AM ● By MED Magazine

For 25 years the June E. Nylen Cancer Center (JENCC) has led the region in comprehensive cancer care. The years have been marked by collaboration, change, and growth. Now as we mark the anniversary of our inception as one of the first freestanding cancer centers in the Midwest, we have much to be thankful for.

“We are fortunate to be able to offer such excellent care so close to home,” says Krista McCullough, Executive Director of the center. “It could not have happened without incredible collaboration between cancer specialists and area health providers.” 

The center officially opened its doors March 27, 1995 as Siouxland Regional Cancer Center. The project was several years in development and was a result of partnerships between MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's, Siouxland Hematology Oncology Associates, McNealy Radiation Oncology, and Washburn Radiology Oncology Services. Many of the services scattered across the city would then be housed in one comfortable location.

One of the great changes in our history came in 2005 with the changing of our namesake to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. The change wasn’t in name only, as it ushered in a new era in cancer care for the region. A generous gift from Mark Nylen in honor of his mother allowed us to aggressively pursue new technology.

For 25 years, JENCC has been privileged to advance medical oncology, radiation oncology and hematology services. Each day about 125 patients come to our center for hope and healing. JENCC offers both chemotherapy and radiation, state-of-the-art technology, access to clinical trials, and many additional best practices in patient treatment. We also provide a full array of beneficial support services including patient advocates who help navigate the cancer journey, nutritional care, emotional and educational resources, free patient transportation service for radiation oncology treatments, a complimentary wig boutique, support groups, and more. Altogether, 8 providers and a staff of more than 100 professionals work together to bring the highest quality, compassionate care to thousands in our community, including at several medical oncology and hematology satellite locations in Iowa for the convenience of patients in outlying areas. 

“By offering state-of-the-art technology and the best staff to care for our patients we are proud to be the region's preferred choice for hope and healing,” says McCullough. "And we look forward to continuing to provide purpose and fulfillment by selflessly giving our best to every person, every time."