PEORIA (WEEK) – A ceremony on Tuesday marked the official groundbreaking for the $237 million OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute, a place where people will someday receive state-of-the-art cancer treatments.
The 180,000 square foot building, a joint venture between OSF HealthCare and Illinois CancerCare, will be located on the campus of OSF HealthCare St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
It’s a facility that will have a huge community impact, according to former Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, who’s also a strategic philanthropy officer for the OSF HealthCare Foundation.
“I promise you that nothing will have a bigger impact on our community in the coming decade than the building and completion of the comprehensive cancer center,” Ardis said during his final state of the city address last February.
“I know the impact it will have on revitalizing and setting our community on a new course for future success,” said Ardis.
The OSF Cancer Institute will be the second Illinois facility to offer proton beam therapy, a newer type of radiation treatment using high-energy beams instead of X-rays, which potentially causes fewer side effects.
“We are now going to be able to work as a community as separate individual entities that are committed to developing new technologies, new treatments, new methods, and trying to deliver it all under one roof,” said Dr. Madhuri Bajaj, partner physician for Illinois CancerCare.
The institute’s fundraising goal is $100,000, and its completion date is based on continued fundraising efforts, OSF’s news release said. The goal is to start providing treatments as early as 2023.
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