ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Many of us probably know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer in recent years. According to the American Cancer Society, more than $1 million Americans are expected to get that news this year.
That’s why our three Rockford hospitals say they need more space to treat patients.
Whether it’s building a new facility or adding on to an existing one, all three of our hospitals are expanding their cancer center services. Local administrators say that’s because unfortunately, more patients need treatment in our area.
OSF is breaking ground on a new 15,000 square foot cancer center expansion to help with a growing demand for outpatient care.
It will include more infusion spaces, a pharmacy, and a wig boutique. RMH is also expanding their center to hold new equipment while Swedes opened their cancer center off Bell School Road last year.
Beth Hayden says doctors at OSF are overwhelmed with new patients.
“Unfortunately, cancer is on the rise and I think we’re seeing cancer because people are living longer, so we’ve really outgrown our space,” said OSF Oncology Director, Beth Hayden.
OSF’s Cancer Center is expected to open August 2014. We’re told construction on RMH’s expansion is happening now and should wrap up by January.
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has to sign off on every new cancer center or expansion. The State says there has to be a need in the area, which is why each of our hospitals is expanding.