Rockford Health announces cancer center expansion

Online Staff Report

The Cancer Center at Rockford Health System is expanding, the organization announced Tuesday, May 27.

The health system held a ceremonial ground breaking Tuesday, May 27, to mark the beginning of the project.

The expansion will create space to house a new Tru-Beam linear accelerator which will provide faster,safer, more effective and more convenient treatment. The high-tech equipment delivers

precise beams of radiation to fight cancer. This new technology is so precise and advanced that

instead of half-hour treatments every day for 25 days or more, a patient will now receive around five treatments that take five to 10 minutes. With its pinpoint accuracy, only the cancerous cells receive the radiation, minimizing side effects.

Over the last several years, Rockford Health System has worked to transform the cancer program, focusing on creating a compassionate, caring and expert team who treat and support patients in a warm and comforting environment. The organization recently welcomed two new oncologists, May Hashimi, MD, and Hosne Begum, MD, who joined radiation oncologist Karen Smorowski, MD, at the core of our care team. That team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, other physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab techs, a physicist, radiation therapists, and more.

The Rockford Memorial Development Foundation board of directors has committed $7 million to

fund the addition, making this the largest investment the Foundation has made in a single

project. The monies will come from new gifts and investment income.

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