A major milestone was recently reached in the construction of an expansion to the WellSpan York Cancer Center, as the final beam was put in place.
WellSpan leaders, staff, donors and crew members were able to maintain social distancing while signing the beam before it was raised.
Once completed, the new cancer center will boast nearly 84,000 square feet of space, where patients will be able to receive all of their oncology services under one roof, including: radiation oncology, outpatient infusion, infusion pharmacy, clinical trials and research, patient navigators and social workers, among others.
"The new WellSpan York Cancer Center will provide a truly integrated care experience that surrounds our patients with the services and treatment they need in a calm, healing environment," said Douglas Arbittier, M.D., MBA, vice president of oncology services, WellSpan Health. "The final beam being put into place marks an exciting step toward opening up this sophisticated center which our community deserves."
In addition to traditional clinical services, the center will feature holistic care through the WellSpan Center for Mind/Body Health, including massage therapy and yoga, along with an appearance center and boutique that will provide specialized items in a supportive environment. There will also be an on-site café and a conference space for classes, therapeutic activities, support groups and community education.
Treatment rooms will be equipped with reclining chairs, temperature controls and other features. Infusion bays will include private spaces for loved ones to stay with patients during treatment.
The approximately $45 million project is expected to be completed in early 2021.
WellSpan Cancer Centers provide comprehensive cancer services – including radiation, medical and surgical oncology, pain management, rehabilitation, infusion services, genetic counseling and nutrition services – that address patients’ physical, emotional, social and financial needs. Specialists across central Pennsylvania routinely collaborate in the treatment planning for patients, and nurse navigators guide patients through all aspects of care.
For more information, visit WellSpan.org/Cancer.