NCMC’s Cancer Institute boosts capacity, offers latest technology and services.
GREELEY, Colo. – After more than three years of planning, Banner Health and the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation have officially completed $10.7 million in renovations at the Cancer Institute. Located at 1800 15th St., Suite 200, the new center has increased capacity by doubling the size of its treatment space and adding the latest technology to provide a full spectrum of services all under one roof. Funding for the project was provided by the NCMC, Inc. Board of Directors and private community donors through the NCMC Foundation.
Incorporating feedback from patients, the Cancer Institute added another TrueBeam™ linear accelerator for radiation treatment, increased the number of patient suites from 10 to 18 for infusion therapy, grew the number of chemotherapy treatment rooms from one to three, and added office and patient space, including a pharmacy. Providers at the Cancer Institute treat an average of 90 to 100 patients a day.
“The expansion allows us to focus on the growing demand for oncology services in Northern Colorado,” said Cindy McBlair, Director of Radiation Oncology Services for Banner Health in Northern Colorado. “Because of Banner Health’s investment and dedication to innovative oncology services, patients are able to receive the best care available close to home.”
The high level of care is tailored to meet the patients’ needs.
“The linear accelerator allows us to precisely target tumors with radiotherapy,” explained Dr. Jeffrey Albert, a radiation oncologist with Banner Medical Group. “We’re the only center in Northern Colorado that offers a full spectrum of services using a specialized form of radiation called HDR brachytherapy, used to treat many diseases including prostate, breast, and gynecologic cancers.”
Dr. Benjamin George, an oncology and hematology specialist with Banner Medical Group, said the Cancer Institute expansion reflects larger improvements within the cancer program overall. “We’re able to treat patients with the most up-to-date therapies and clinical trials, which means patients are living longer and with less side effects.”
As part of a larger strategic plan that includes centralized data management across Banner facilities, the new upgrades complement oncology services currently offered at McKee Cancer Center in Loveland and the David Walsh Cancer Center at Sterling Regional MedCenter in Sterling. The McKee Cancer Center underwent a $10 million improvement project in 2012, offering a specialized form of radiation treatment for brain tumors and becoming the only facility to offer gynecologic oncology care in Northern Colorado. The David Walsh Cancer Center serves as a regional cancer treatment center for communities in Colorado’s eastern plains and parts of Nebraska and Wyoming. It is also a significant referral source for the Cancer Institute in Greeley.
Construction plans for the Cancer Institute were modeled after Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center designs. Painted in calming earth tones, the center features engaging artwork, door-less vaults, where appropriate, and plays the music of choice as well as preferred lighting for patients undergoing treatments. Additionally, treatment areas in the infusion center offer more privacy while still including entertainment options for patients and families.
Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, Banner offers a complete team of board-certified cancer specialists in Northern Colorado who can provide treatment in chemotherapy, radiation, biologic therapies and surgery for most types of cancer, including the region’s only comprehensive gynecologic oncology program.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 29 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.