NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Construction is underway on a brand new cancer center for Cooley Dickinson Hospital. The nearly 16,000 square foot cancer center is expected to be completed by the fall.
The new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will be a state-of-the-art facility with a focus on patient care. It will have plenty of space for an on-site pharmacy, offices and exam rooms, a place to draw blood, and places to administer chemotherapy treatments.
“Currently, patients are coming in receiving oncology care and all of these services already, but in different places. This new, beautiful place will just allow one central location,” Cancer Center Administrative Director Avital Carlis said.
Cooley Dickinson Hospital became an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital in 2013. Dr. Mark Novotny, Chief Medical Officer at Cooley Dickinson, says that the new building will allow them to better communicate and collaborate with experts across their healthcare system.
“Being able to give patients access to the latest possibilities, and working through a treatment plan for them with some of the world’s experts, but here in their hometown, is a huge advantage,” Novotny said.
Until the new center opens, however, it’s a construction zone. The rotary in front of the North Building will be closed until the middle of next week. Crane operators are busy hoisting steel beams up to the roof.