Monday, June 20, 2011

St. Francis unveils Heart and Cancer Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau has added a few more tools to help win the battle with cancer and heart problems. The tools come in the from of a new state-of-the-art Heart and Cancer Center.

The massive new center bolsters more than two-hundred thousand square feet of space, strewn over four floors.

The center includes the Cancer Institute that offers radiation therapy and a hair boutique, for those undergoing cancer treatments.

The institute is home to the third cyber knife in the state of Missouri, as well as some thirty-five medical recliners for chemo-therapy.

The new center is also home to the Heart Hospital, with five-treatment labs, a ten bed intensive care unit, and an additional fifty beds.

Marilyn Curtis, who was in charge of coordinating the project, is excited about what the new center could mean for the hospital’s patients.

“Over the last several years, we have been very, very fortunate in continuing to strengthen our cancer services that we provide,” Curtis said.

The center was unveiled at an open-house for the construction crew and their families, last Saturday.

The center will host many more open-house opportunities until the center is officially opened July fifth.

The new center was the largest privately-funded construction project in Cape Girardeau's history, with an $84 million price tag.

Tim Filla, KRCU


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