Nearly 200 celebrate cancer center opening
Nearly six months after opening its doors, the Mary and Dick Heimann Cancer Center held its official ribbon-cutting on Sunday, attended by nearly 200 donors, volunteers, Asante leaders and providers.
Attendees at the private event were given a tour of the center, located at 3011 E. Barnett Road in Medford. The three-story building, just up the street from the hospital, offers advanced technology that allows cancer patients to be treated close to home.
Making a special appearance were Mary and Dick Heimann, whose $5 million gift to Asante Foundation helped make the center happen. The facility’s healing garden is named for Geertje and J. Paul de Vos, who generously donated $1 million to the construction project.
“Nearly 900 donors have given their hard-earned money to build the Mary and Dick Heimann Cancer Center and expand the Helen K. Spears Cancer Center in Grants Pass,” said Andrea Reeder, vice president and executive director for Asante Foundation. These projects would not be possible without the philanthropic partnership of the community.
It cost $64 million to build the 80,160-square-foot cancer center. So far, the community has contributed more than $8.77 million toward the $10 million fundraising goal.
Services at the Heimann Cancer Center include:
- PET/CT for diagnostic imaging.
- TrueBeam and Radixact technology for precise tumor radiation.
- 45 infusion chairs and six private rooms with beds.
- On-site laboratory and pharmacy services.
- A research department for clinical trials.
- Support services for patient navigation, social work and dietary needs.
In partnership with Asante, Hematology Oncology Associates provides outpatient clinical care for hematology oncology patients.
The center is designed with the patient in mind. The soaring atrium lets in light, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape. The infusion rooms look out onto a lush grove of trees. Special rooms with sofas and chairs were built for family consultations, and the exam rooms are large enough to accommodate the patient and a companion.
A small cafe recently opened, where patients and visitors can grab a sandwich, snack or coffee.
“As Mary and Dick have humbly said — they did what they could to help,” Reeder said. “Now, it’s going to take all of us, doing what we can to see these facilities reach their full potential and transform the health of our region.”
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