DANSVILLE – Noyes Health, UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, Jones Memorial Hospital and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology celebrated the start of construction today on the Ann and Carl Myers regional cancer center for Western New York.
The $5.8 million project is bringing the talent WNY’s foremost cancer treatment facilities to Livingston County. The center will feature a 4,500-square-foot, lower-level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic and a 2,300-square-foot medical oncology clinic, featuring three exam rooms and five chemotherapy/infusion bays, in both renovated and new first-floor space.
“Celebrating the groundbreaking of the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center here at Noyes Health with our partners, UR Medicine, Wilmot Cancer Institute and Jones Memorial Hospital, is a very special event,” said Amy Pollard, president and CEO of Noyes Health System. “It is the official start of construction on the project that will bring a regional, comprehensive cancer program to the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier through partnership and collaboration. I would like to thank Ann and Carl Myers for taking the philanthropic lead on this important project and for their history of support of Noyes Health.”
The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center will be located on the campus of Noyes Hospital and provide patientsin the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western New York more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care. It will serve as a hub for oncology services, and it includes a medical oncology clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, Allegany County,and a UR Medicine Radiation Oncology clinic in Hornell, Steuben County.
The facility was established with a $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers of Springwater and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
The project caps the strengthened network between Noyes Health, UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, UR Medicine Radiation Oncology, and Jones Memorial Hospital. UR Medicine Radiation Oncology has been operating in Hornell since December, and the medical oncology clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital opened in September.
“Today’s groundbreaking and the work underway on the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center are a major step toward ensuring that patients and families in this region have access to state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer care,” said Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “This would not be possible without the collaboration of the teams at the region’s hospitals, and we are deeply grateful for the support of the communities in Dansville, Wellsville and Hornell.”
Each year, approximately 4,000 patients travel from Allegany, Livingston and Steuben counties to Wilmot Cancer Institute for outpatient cancer care. They often make daily or weekly trips over a period of months to receive treatment including radiation and chemotherapy. The Myers Cancer Center is designed to alleviate the strain of traveling an hour or more for care.
“This is a very exciting project. A regional cancer center will bring the expertise and cutting edge therapy of the Wilmot Cancer Institute closer to home for the nearly 600 people from Allegany County who travel to Rochester each year for care,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “With a medical oncology clinic in Wellsville, a radiation oncology clinic in Hornell, and radiation and infusion services at the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center in Dansville, the burden of traveling for follow-up care and treatment will be relieved.”
The regional cancer center will also provide patients with access to services including advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. Physicians at the cancer center, the radiation oncology clinic in Hornelland the medical oncology clinic at Jones will have access to UR Medicine’s region-wide electronic medical record system and regular consultations with multidisciplinary teams focused on cancer.
This cancer center project is unique in the region and comes at a time when health systems across the country are forging relationships to ensure specialty services while improving quality.
“This collaboration demonstrates a commitment to providing high-quality health care services in our region and to finding innovative ways to ensure those services are accessible no matter where patients live,” said Mark Taubman,CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Projects like this are essential to improving the health of our communities, and we are proud to work together with Noyes, Jones and St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell to meet the needs of this region.”