A Ground Breaking Ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 16 for the new Beloit Health System Cancer Center in partnership with University of Wisconsin. The Center will bring together all cancer services under one roof, and extend Beloit's existing relationship with UW and their renowned cancer program.
"Beloit Health System began an affiliation with what is now UW Health in 1985," states Greg Britton, president and CEO of Beloit Health System. "In fact, we were one of their first affiliates.
The new cancer center will be built on a five-acre parcel of land on the corners of Milwaukee Road and Lee Lane, in front of Beloit Health System’s Occupational Health, Sports and Family Clinic. The land, owned by Beloit Health System, is easily accessible and highly visible.
With its convenient location near major highways, the cancer center is designed to serve patients in the broad region of Rock and Walworth counties, as well as those in northern Illinois. Anticipated costs for the 22,000 sq. foot building are $11.6 million with a scheduled opening in December 2013.
"We are pleased that many patients will be able to stay closer to home while receiving the highest possible level of cancer care in Beloit," said Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, president and CEO of the UW Medical Foundation.
Donna Katen-Bahensky, president and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics, added that "offering unsurpassed cancer care in a patient’s own community is what UW Health strives to do and is an important part of patient- and family- centered care." Currently, US News and World Report ranks the University of Wisconsin’s cancer facilities among the nation’s top 50 and UW Hospital and Clinics the number one hospital in Wisconsin.
"The new Center will expand and improve our cancer treatment options," states Tim McKevett, Beloit Health System Senior Vice President. "It will be equipped with state-of-the-art cancer-fighting technology such as Image Guided Radiation. About 50% of the cancer patients we serve in this area need both radiation and chemotherapy. Soon they will have one location for these treatments that is focused on their comfort." Beloit Health System’s physicians will work more closely with UW cancer specialists and will have access to the latest treatment protocols and education.
Drs. Peter Mahler and Walter Vogel will continue to practice at the new site. Dr. Mahler is a board certified radiation oncologist and is a clinical professor in the Department of Human Oncology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. He has practiced in Beloit since 1991. Dr. Walter Vogel, medical oncologist, is triple board-certified and has been with Beloit Clinic since 1987.
"Beloit Health System is committed to providing the highest level of quality and patient satisfaction," emphasized Dr. Peter Mahler.
The cancer center will offer complete cancer services at one location, rather than the current division of radiation at the hospital and chemotherapy at Beloit Clinic. Services will include medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion, and advanced radiation therapy. It will also feature patient support benefits, along with serene indoor and outdoor surroundings. An additional benefit of the new free-standing clinic will be greater patient convenience.
Architecture firm for the Center is Plunkett Raysich Architects, of Milwaukee, and Klobucar Construction, of Beloit, has recently been selected as the Contractor.