Heart disease is considered the number one killer of Americans right now, but it's expected in the next 2 years cancer will be the most prominent killer. That's why Avera McKennan is taking a bold new approach to cancer care and building a new 5 story Cancer Institute that's been under construction for the last 16 months.
The largest single building project in Sioux Falls' history is noticeably taking shape on the campus of Avera McKennan. It's expected the $90 million new Avera Cancer Institute will be open in November of next year and will be home to an 8 operating room state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center, 57 infusion suites for chemo therapy patients, and 3 radiation oncology vaults.
Senior Vice President of Environmental Services for Avera McKennan, Dick Molseed says, "It's not just about the clinical side, but we are also focusing on the spiritual and emotional side. We will be working with integrative medicine, spiritual healing and nutrition. We are incorporating all aspects that go with the healing for patients and their caregivers."
Avera McKennan leadership firmly believes this building will have a big impact on the community, state, and region... now and in the future.
Molseed says, "It's a big deal from a number of aspects. It's bringing together all the clinical functions for cancer, cancer patients, cancer survivors and that's a huge deal. It's a one stop shop for what is going to be the number one killer for Americans going forward. Secondly, just at this point in our economy to have what is the largest dollar volume construction project in the history of Sioux Falls is a huge boost to the local economy."
Avera McKennan has also taken steps to make sure the building is environmentally safe from the ground up and from the inside when it's done.
Molseed says, "It's designed to be green and non-offensive with minimal off gassing. Plus, it will actually be greener inside. There will be plants in it, water features in it, everything is designed to create a sense of wholeness and wellness through out. Nothing inside can do damage or harm to patients, their loved ones and our staff."
A building aimed at providing the best and most up to date technology with the best and most talented staff without leaving a deep carbon footprint in the process.
To date, the general contractor Sioux Falls Construction says the building is on schedule and on budget with i's completion date in the fall of 2010. Currently 300 people are employed on the construction project.