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April 17, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved SwedishAmerican Health System’s plans to build and operate a free-standing outpatient cancer center in collaboration with UW Health and its nationally recognized University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.
Approval was granted at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting in Springfield, Ill. Preliminary prep work is expected to begin in mid-May, with an official groundbreaking planned for early June.
The center will be located on a 30-acre site on North Bell School Road in Rockford, in close proximity to I-90 and the Riverside exit.
The new SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center will offer services such as medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion; advanced radiation therapy; and medical imaging at one location. Patients will have access to the latest clinical trials offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, a full complement of holistic and support services will be offered.
“We are very pleased to announce state approval of our project,” said SwedishAmerican President and CEO Dr. Bill Gorski. “This new center will elevate the quality of cancer care for patients and families throughout northern Illinois.”
Construction of the new cancer center is projected for completion in the last quarter of 2013. The project will have a positive economic impact on Rockford and the surrounding region. In addition to creating approximately 300 construction jobs, by its fourth year of operation, the center is projected to include the equivalent of 104 full-time jobs, including health care providers and support staff.
Posted April 18, 2012