By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Community Hospital Anderson has “outgrown” its oncology care center, President Beth Tharp said.
But there’s a remedy: a new $6.1 million, 33,000-square-foot health pavilion to house medical oncology services, an outpatient infusion center and lab, which the hospital hopes to have up and running by February 2014.
Tharp and other hospital officials broke ground Tuesday on Community Anderson’s main campus.
“We think it’s very comforting to our patients that they can get state-of-the-art care right here in Anderson,” Tharp said.
Cancer services director Marsha Sherrell said the new facility, 1629 Medical Arts Blvd., would improve patient care via the new lab and 13 private rooms for patients undergoing chemotherapy. The current facility has eight rooms.
“More rooms means we can get to them (patients) sooner,” she said.
In addition to cancer services, the pavilion will house several physician offices — including Community Physician Network Pediatric Care and Community Physician Network Internal Medicine Care — and an infusion center for outpatients with chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.
“Currently, patients requiring this type of treatment are cared for in the hospital,” Tharp said. “Moving the services and care to the new facility will allow patients to receive their needed medication without having to navigate through the hospital.”
Community Anderson is affiliated with Community Health Network, which operates several similar health pavilions across its over 200 central Indiana sites and affiliates.
The goal is to consolidate multiple care services into one building, Tharp said, and “bring together our providers in a way that increases access to high quality care delivery in a patient friendly-design.”
The medical oncology portion of the building is funded by the hospital’s foundation, via a financial gift from the Jack and Barbara Farquer estate.
Barbara Farquer had volunteered at Community Anderson before her death in 1997.
Chief Foundation Officer Keith Trent said the Farquers’ gift would be listed on a donor wall near the main entrance of the medical oncology office. “We’re excited we can honor the Farquers in this new facility,” he said.
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