McCook's Community Hospital has announced the name for its new radiation oncology center, which is currently under construction.
Hospital president and CEO Jim Ulrich says The Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology honors Andy Anderson and his late wife, Geri. The Anderson family contributed $500,000 to the Campaign for Cancer Care to help build the radiation oncology center.
The center is expected to be completed in April and will be able to provide daily radiation treatments for cancer patients. Once complete, Community Hospital will be the only critical access hospital in the state to provide radiation services.
The center aims to bring cancer treatments much closer to many who previously had to travel to a larger city.
"Community Hospital's strategic planning process had identified the need to provide radiation oncology for our region, but it was Andy and Geri's gift that was the turning point in knowing that it could, in fact, become a reality," explained Terri Shipshock, Community Hospital Health Foundation executive director.
The Andersons understood more than most the importance of access to cancer treatment. Geri lost her long battle with cancer in January 2013. Their son, Michael, was also stricken with cancer six years prior to Geri and died in 1996 while only 45.
"For many years this community showed its love and support for Geri and for Mike when they were stricken with cancer. It was Geri's idea that the radiation oncology center become a reality," shared Andy. "She knew first-hand how beneficial the center would be to other families with similar needs for services of this kind," he said.
The 4,200 sq. ft. center is located on the northeast corner of the Community Hospital campus, just east of the Medical Specialists Center.
It will include reserved parking, a private entrance, a comfortable reception and waiting room, two large exam rooms, offices for staff, a control room and a large vault to contain the linear accelerator used in the treatments.
Additionally, waiting areas and exam rooms were designed to allow families to accompany their loved ones during treatment, as well as allowing for future growth.