Renovations to HSHS St. John’s Cancer Center at 301 N. 8th Street are complete. The new center includes an infusion center, medical oncology physician clinics and radiation oncology as well as lab services, all inside the St. John’s Pavilion. This $3.9 million project will allow more patients to be treated in an enhanced healing environment with a great deal of natural light. Infusion chairs face a bay of windows looking onto the lawn of the pavilion which will allow patients to see out, but not allow passersby to see in.
An opening will be held at the center from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1. The program and blessing will begin at 4 p.m. This event is open to the media and public. Tours will be available. The center will officially open to patients on Monday, August 6.
The opening will also serve as a reception for a group of talented photographers. Ten photographs that represent healing, peace or tranquility in central Illinois were chosen by a panel of cancer center colleagues, doctors, patients and representatives from the St. John’s Foundation’s medical arts committee. The works will be displayed on a 52-foot wall, a focal point of the center.
Central Illinois photographers selected were Allinson Hermes of Alexander, Richard Herschberger of Arthur, Rebecca Kauffman of Rochester, Larry Korthals of Decatur, Amy Lovekamp of Athens, Robyn O’Connor of Petersburg, Justin Skinner of Chatham, Terry Stoa of Decatur and Sara Way of Carlinville.
“We know if people are at a cancer center, it is a difficult time in their life,” said Charles L. Lucore, MD, MBA, president and CEO of St. John’s. “We are committed to bringing the best oncology services to our patients and making sure they and their families are as comfortable as possible while they are receiving treatment here.”
The expanded space adds 10,000 square feet to the existing cancer center, which doubles the size of the space currently in use. It will house 11 open and private infusion bays with comfortable, reclining chairs, televisions and iPads; one private seat for injection treatment; seven exam rooms; two procedure rooms; dressing rooms; updated lockers; and a spacious family lounge with a hospitality station.
Patients can be seen by their oncologist and radiation oncologist, have lab work completed and receive chemotherapy treatments and any transfusions as deemed necessary by the oncologists at the St. John’s Cancer Center.
“We are excited to open the new cancer center and provide all of these outpatient services under one roof in a healing environment. It is convenient for our patients and allows them to receive the best care possible,” said Melissa Wade, director of oncology.
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O'Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.