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Newton-Wellesley Hospital to open cancer center

Posted by Leslie Anderson  September 9, 2009 07:57 AM

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Newton-Wellesley Hospital is getting ready to open a new $36 million cancer treatment center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.

The two-story, 25,000-square-foot facility is named The Joan and Jim Vernon Cancer Center, after nurse Joan Vernon, who died in 2005 of cancer. Her husband, Jim, who has worked at the hospital for over four decades, helped to design the center.

The center, which is located in the former emergency department, will have several services available to patients including one entire floor to radiation oncology services, which is new to Newton-Wellesley.

When new patients enter the center, they will see more than a sterile waiting room and long, unfriendly hallways. Instead, they will find a comfortable atmosphere and art pieces designed to inspire hope.

The almond blossom, which represents healing and hope, is the theme for the artwork, said Monique Porter, director of planning and development. The center was planned to incorporate as much natural light as possible.

Two services new to the hospital will be provided in the center, a linear accelerator and the CT simulator. Both services are associated with the radiation oncology treatment services. The center will also provide medical, surgical oncology and support services.

Support services include psychological, social, pain management and nutritional support. Patients and family members will have access to the American Cancer Society database and other research resources, and relaxation services such as yoga.

The ribbon cutting ceremony and a reception will take place Thursday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital.

Caitlin Castello can be reached at caitlincastello@gmail.com.

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