MANCHESTER, NH – Elliot Health System celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for its new comprehensive Elliot Regional Cancer Center on the Elliot Hospital campus.
“This 22,000 square foot facility will present a vast improvement for patients with a cancer diagnosis and we are extremely proud to begin the work to develop this critical service in a facility that will enable all of us to come together with the patient at the center of our care,” said Greg Baxter, MD, President Elliot Health System. “We are also looking forward to being able to expand the number of patients we care for as demand for medical oncology and radiation services increases year over year,” added Baxter.
Peter Crow, MD, New Hampshire Oncology Hematology explained, “Today, patients are driving from Manchester to Hooksett, and back in a single day trying to navigate their radiation treatment and chemotherapy. This center will bring together Radiation Oncology Associates, New Hampshire Oncology Hematology and Elliot Hospital Cancer Care doctors and staff in one location to provide services that are coordinated and seamless, thereby giving patients the respect and high-quality care they so deeply deserve.”
When complete, the new Elliot Regional Cancer Center will include radiation oncology, cancer screening services, cutting-edge diagnostics and imaging, surgery, radiation therapy services, medical infusion services, post-acute care, palliative care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, integrative medicine, laboratory, pharmacy, support services, parking for 42 cars, drop off area with over-hang protection, meditation area, and an outdoor healing garden.
Dr. Baxter noted at the groundbreaking ceremony that this center will also be staffed by dedicated Patient Navigators who will be assigned to work with cancer patients to ensure that their journey is clear, their needs are met, and that they have the confidence that we are always with them. “Patient Navigators represent the type of new and important service that we feel will greatly help our patients with what is an incredibly difficult journey when a cancer diagnosis is received,” Baxter said.
The new Elliot Regional Cancer Center will host a grand opening in the fall of 2020.