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HSHS St. John’s Hospital Begins Cancer Center Renovations

Construction has started on renovations to HSHS St. John’s Cancer Center. Upon completion, it will include an infusion center, medical oncology physician clinics and radiation oncology as well as lab services, all inside the St. John’s Pavilion at 301 N. 8th St. 

This $3.9 million renovation project will allow more patients to be treated in an enhanced healing environment with a great deal of natural light. Infusion chairs will face a bay of windows looking onto the lawn of the pavilion which will allow patients to see out, but not allow passersby to see in.
“We know if people are at a cancer center, it is a difficult time in their life,” said Charles L. Lucore, MD, MBA, president and CEO of St. John’s. “We are committed to bringing the best oncology services to our patients and making sure they and their families are as comfortable as possible while they are receiving treatment here.” 
The expanded space will add 10,000 square feet to the existing cancer center, which doubles the size of the space currently in use at St. John’s. It will house 11 open and private infusion bays with comfortable, reclining chairs, televisions and iPads; one private seat for injection treatment; seven exam rooms; two procedure rooms; dressing rooms; updated lockers; and a spacious family lounge with a hospitality station.
Patients can be seen by their oncologist and radiation oncologist, get lab work completed and receive chemotherapy treatments and any transfusions as deemed necessary by the oncologists at the St. John’s Cancer Center.
“We are excited to open the new cancer center and provide all of these outpatient services under one roof. It is convenient for our patients and allows them to receive the best care possible,” said Melissa Wade, director of oncology. “Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2018.”
The St. John’s medical arts committee will also help curate healing photography for the newly renovated cancer center. Photographers in the community will be called to help visually tell a story of peace and tranquility to be displayed on the walls of the new space. More information about the call for entries will come at a later date.
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.  

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