Archive for Wednesday, November 19, 2003

KU Hospital’s new cancer center opens

Fund raising ‘chunk’ of $5 million efforts

November 19, 2003

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— Cancer patients at the University of Kansas Hospital have new treatment options, thanks to a $5 million renovated Cancer Center that opened Tuesday.

"We can see patients in more comfortable space," said Dr. Stephen Williamson, medical director for the center. "We outgrew the space we had before. We were running out of exam rooms."

The new Cancer Center also adds a new, 4,000-square-foot Breast Cancer Center for diagnosis and treatment.

In all, the new space is 30,000 square feet, roughly twice the space previously dedicated to cancer treatment. It includes 19 private treatment rooms, 12 examination rooms, an expanded cancer pharmacy and a patient resource center for patients and their families.

The added space also allows patients to have diagnosis, testing and treatment in the same area.

"We pride ourselves in a multidisciplinary approach," Williamson said.

Dennis McCulloch, a hospital spokesman, said cancer patient volumes were expected to double in the next five years.

He said the project also was notable because it was the first time private donations helped pay for a major project at the hospital. Money came from three fund-raisers -- $500,000 from two Treads & Threads galas at the Kansas Speedway, and $230,000 from a grand opening charity event at Nebraska Furniture Mart.

The rest of the $5 million project was paid for with hospital revenues.

"That ($730,000) was a chunk of the $5 million price tag," McCulloch said.

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