Bellin announces plans for new cancer center

08/07/2007

Facility expected to open in early 2008

GREEN BAY - Bellin Health will open a state-of-the-art cancer center in February 2008; a center that will eliminate the need for area patients to travel to university hospitals or larger cities in order to receive high-quality cancer care in one facility.

The $11.5 million, 32,000-square-foot facility, will be located at Bellin's Ashwaubenon campus on the corner of Commanche Avenue and Clive Street. The center will expand cancer treatments and technology currently provided to patients in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

"The cancer center will focus on three areas: services, technology and how we care for our patients," said George Kerwin, Bellin Health president and chief executive officer. Cancer services are currently provided on an in-patient and out-patient basis throughout the Bellin system.

"By having a specialized facility devoted entirely to cancer treatment, we'll be better able to serve the needs of patients in this area," Kerwin said.

The patient focus started with the planning phase for the center.

"We talked with numerous patients and families to determine what they want and need during and after cancer treatment," said Dr. Edie Krueger, a radiation oncologist. "We found that patients want state-of-the-art technology, competent physicians and quality outcomes in one location close to home. These needs are exactly what the cancer center will provide."

With advanced technology, specialized physicians and an experienced support staff, the facility will be patient-focused, featuring:

There will also be a retail center where cancer patients and their families can purchase products that will help them before, during and after their treatment.

The technology available will feature some of the newest and most innovative testing and treatment, including an on-site CT / PET scan with motion management. This particular technology allows the medical team to see how metabolically active or inactive a tumor is within a patient. That information, combined with other tests, can be used to precisely target a moving tumor and administer the best possible treatment.

Other technology will include cutting edge radiation therapy treatment, provided by an experienced team of physicians and health care professionals.

Urologist Dr. Hamayun Mian, said he is excited that the center will use a multi-disciplinary team concept for patient care.

"Which means," he explained, "that we will have all of our medical professionals, along with the patient, talking and meeting with one another as a team to discuss options and develop customized care plans. This kind of approach is usually found only in a university hospital or major medical center." In addition, there will also be specialized programs for patients with prostate and breast cancer.

"This new facility is a continuation of Bellin Health's commitment to community care in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula," Kerwin said. "Our goal is to promote a healing and nurturing environment while providing the best care available."