One in 2 men, one in 3 women will get a cancer diagnosis sometime in their lifetime. For those who don't, we will know someone who did.
Because cancer is a formidable opponent, Avera McKennan invested in building a world-class facility to house a world-class cancer program. We were there today for the official grand opening of the Prairie Center, home of the new Avera Cancer Institute.
In April of 2008 Avera McKennan announced they were embarking on a bold new approach new cancer care. They broke ground in May of '08 and in two short years the 5 story building called the Prairie Center took shape on the southeast corner of campus. The $93 million project houses the new Avera Cancer Institute. A building that administrators and doctors say builds upon a history of excellence yet creates a destination cancer center with comprehensive care unmatched in the region.
Interim Regional President Dr. Dave Kapaska says, "We've had great cancer care here for a long time, but this incredible place is just a tool that allows us to reach out to more people who need you in a very special way to help them in a time that may be the toughest in their entire life. For them to know we can be there to answer those questions and to give them help that has been our tradition and will continue to be in the future is very special thing for me and everyone here at Avera McKennan."
Dr. Luis Rojas is a gynecologist oncologist with Avera Women's Center for Gynecologic Cancer. He says, "I'm most excited that our patients are going to benefit from great services here. I mean, I've been in other nationally renowned cancer centers and they don't have what we have here. This place is going to be a one-stop shop for patients."
The reason they have a massive stair case from the first floor to the second is because the patients said they wanted choices. If they were feeling good after treatment they wanted to be able to take the stairs. On days they don't feel so good they'll take the elevators. They just wanted to be able to have that choice.
Avera McKennan Sr. Vice President for Environmental Services Dick Molseed says, "I think it's important that people know we listened to those patients, to community members, family members. They told us what their needs are and we wanted to make sure we were meeting them in this building."
Within one building, the Avera Cancer Institute will offer a continuum of cancer services from prevention and screening to diagnosis and treatment to support and survivorship.. under one roof, with you in mind.
If you want to get a look inside the Prairie Center and the New Avera Cancer Institute they are holding an open house on Sunday November 7th from 1:00 to 4:00.
Our next Avera Medical Minute will focus on the healing aspects within the building, specifically the many waterfalls.
If you have question call 877-AT-AVERA or go to www.AveraCancer.org