OSF St. Francis Hospital to Build New Cancer Center

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OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba on Friday announced plans to build a new cancer center, providing more space for the oncology services that will be offered there.

He will be named after the late Dan Kobasic, whose foundation made a “significant donation” to the OSF fundraising campaign. The center will also use $1.5 million in federal grants.

“Our involvement depended on the involvement of the federal government,” said Todd LaFave of the Kobasic Foundation. “When OSF started building a cancer clinic, it was a natural fit for us. Dan had been hospitalized here briefly before his death, and the care from the nurses and doctors was just fabulous. So it didn’t take long for us to decide that we were going to get involved.

St. Francis Hospital President Kelly Jefferson said the plan was to use space where the former kidney dialysis center was located, space more recently used to drive through COVID testing services. -19.

“We are thrilled to finally begin construction on our new cancer care building,” said Jefferson. “It will really expand our cancer care capabilities. It’s improved simply by our ability to process more people more efficiently and faster. We are currently landlocked. We are limited in the current space in which we find ourselves. So we will have extra treatment days, and for things like consultations, so that you can meet in a comfortable environment to talk about the treatment plan you will need.”

Jefferson says the first shovels of earth should be moved within a week or two, with construction wrapping up late next spring or early summer.

Jefferson also thanked U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) for his involvement in securing the $1.5 million grant that made the project possible. Peters was on his way to Escanaba from Lower Michigan on Friday when his plane turned back due to mechanical issues, delaying his UP trip.

Peters did, however, release a statement.

“OSF St. Francis plays a vital role in ensuring residents and families across the region can access the medical care they need,” Peters said. “That’s why I was proud to help secure federal funding to establish this new facility, which will help OSF St. Francis meet its growing demand for cancer care and expand and improve services.” offered to patients. »

Oncology services at OSF St. Francis are provided through a collaboration between OSF and Green Bay Oncology, a relationship that has served the local community since 1994. When this facility is complete next year, they will have more room to provide these treatments.

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