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August 24, 2012


Pictured Left to Right: Father Raymond Aydt, Dave Ludlum, Dale Schwan, Dennis Gendreau, Trina Bressler, Bob Beery, Dave Hanson, Mayor Ward Koeser, Dr. Douglas Clark, Doug Crosby, David Brendsel, Steve Oyloe, Mark Visocar, Matt Grimshaw, Joan Mainwaring, Mark McGinley, Mike Lewis

 August 24, 2012-- Mercy Medical Center a Catholic Health Initiatives facility, announced that it is breaking ground on the new state-of-the-art cancer center to be located at the northeast corner of the facility. The new cancer center will be at ground level which will provide convenient parking and access for patients. The timeline for the entire project is less than one year, with a targeted completion of summer 2013.

The current cancer center was founded in 1996 and has been the leading provider of oncology services in the region, delivering individualized cancer care. Patients can receive treatment for a wide variety of cancers including gynecologic, breast, lung, prostate, and head and neck. Patients also have access to a full range of support services including a social worker, dietitian, cancer support group and spiritual care. These services complement the cancer program which primarily consists of radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Funding for this project was made possible in part by philanthropic contributions from local businesses, community members, employees and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The new facility will upgrade and expand the medical oncology space with larger patient treatment areas and double the number of exam rooms. A new linear accelerator will be installed to provide cancer patients with the most advanced modern radiation therapy including stereotactic radiosurgery. The expansion will allow Mercy to improve its capacity to provide Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT). The availability of these new technologies will lessen the time of treatment for patients and allow them to receive the highest quality of care close to home.

For additional information regarding this release or to arrange media interviews, contact Courtney Jacob, Marketing Assistant, at 701.774.7444.

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