Mercy celebrates official groundbreaking of the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center
Mercy Medical Center will celebrate the official groundbreaking for the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center on Thurs., April 21 at 2:30 p.m. (Event details below).
“The groundbreaking marks a significant milestone not only for Mercy but for our entire community,” says Tim Charles, Mercy’s president and CEO. “This will be the first significant investment within the city’s emerging medical district. It’s exciting to think that one year from now we will open the doors to a state-of-the-art cancer facility that will wonderfully complement the existing resources on our campus, and throughout eastern Iowa.”
Once completed in the spring of 2012, the Cancer Center will house advanced and integrated cancer services in one central location, giving patients direct access to a treatment team dedicated to coordinated cancer care. The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center will be the largest, comprehensive cancer healing environment in Cedar Rapids, connecting to existing radiation oncology services, private inpatient rooms and advanced surgical suites. Public spaces within the Center will include a cancer library, recovery center, family-respite room, healing gardens and meditation space.
The design also includes dedicated space for multi-disciplinary clinics where, for example, nurse navigators will guide patients through the treatment process, and patients will be able to meet with different physicians – all in one place in one visit – reducing the amount of time between diagnosis and care.
The center will be a three-level, 85,000 sq. ft. facility with a primarily glass exterior and convenient access to all surface parking. Mercy will register the center for a LEED certificate, which means an independent third-party verifies the center meets the highest green building and performance measures. Construction costs are estimated at $24.6 million, which reflects a forward-thinking approach to allow additional expansion space for program growth, multiple linkages to the main hospital and added cost for equipment, furniture and fixtures.
Preliminary site work has already begun. The design and construction team is comprised of local firms OPN Architects, Rinderknecht Construction and Ryan Companies.
Mercy’s cancer program was the first in this area to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, in 1990. It was most recently re-accredited with commendations in 2008.
What: Groundbreaking for Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center
When: Thursday, April 21, 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
Where: Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE
Ceremony takes place near Mercy’s 10th St. entrance
Who: The public is invited to attend.