Construction of new cancer center underway at Mercy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts Cancer patients have a new place to get treatment. 22News was at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new cancer center at Mercy Medical.

Mercy Medical Center in Springfield has had cancer treatment for years, but nothing like the 15 million dollar treatment center that will soon be built. Sister Mary Caritas spoke at the ceremony in front of cancer survivors, City leaders, and health care professionals.

Mercy’s Cancer Center, which opened in 2003, is named for Sister Caritas, for her long-term mission to offer cancer treatment at the hospital.

Even though there are treatment centers already at other area hospitals, there’s always a need for more.

Cancer survivor and radiation therapist Nancy Engelbrecht told 22News, “We offer a hometown touch. When we go out to get patients, we don’t just send them back in, we go out and escort the patient back to the room. Every day, we’re asking how are you, how’s your family? We don’t just take care of the patient, we look out for the patient, all the needs that they have.”

The Sister Caritas Cancer Center will be 2 levels, with 32 infusion bays that will help provide more than 30-thousand treatments for cancer patients each year. It is expected to take 18 months to complete.

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