By Tristan Navera – Dayton Business Journal
Kettering Health Network plans to build a $49 million cancer center at Kettering Medical Center.
The five-story, 120,000-square-foot facility will break ground May 14, with an expected completion date of late 2016. It’s being built on the main campus of Kettering Medical Center on Southern Boulevard in Kettering.
We reported back in February that this project, originally proposed in 2011, was back online and had been awarded to Danis Building Construction Co.
The center will focus on cancer treatment, as well as amenities for people fighting cancer, such as a cafe with a nutritional focus for patients with cancer, complementary holistic medicines like medical massage, and a spa-like boutique that sells post-surgical apparel and products for cancer patients.
The project will further solidify the strong healthcare backbone in the Dayton region. It also will mark a massive construction project for the area, which could lead to work for area firms.
“Our patients’ voices have been our guide throughout the planning of this cancer center,” said Kettering CEO Fred Manchur. “We formed a patient advisory council to provide direction for our decisions on everything from the building and interior design to the kind of food and furniture. The cancer center is designed for patients by our patients.”
The facility will be a freestanding building across the street from the main campus, and will not have any beds of its own. It will create 15 to 20 new jobs in addition to 100 temporary construction jobs. Danis Building Construction is the general contractor and Cannon Design is the architect.
Among its services are radiation oncology, breast imaging diagnostics, a mutli-specialty clinic, a specialty pharmacy, clinical treatment trials and other support services. It will also have dedicated cancer social workers, cancer dietitians and nutritionists, cancer nurse navigators and cancer cinancial navigators.
It’s a major investment at the flagship property for the fast-growing hospital network, which has 7,100 employees at hospitals and outpatient clinics around the Miami Valley. Its cancer program has been lauded for cancer care, accredited through the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer, and having received the Outstanding Achievement Award from that organization.
The network is capitalizing on the trend of services being offered increasingly in the suburbs and in settings designed to be more comfortable for patients. The network says its center will be “a single touch point for patients, providing them with a wide range of services.”
“This cancer center is being designed to provide the most advanced patient-centered care in an environment that focuses on healing the mind, body and spirit,” says Elizabeth Koelker, director of the oncology service line for Kettering Health Network.