American Savings Foundation Radiation Oncology Treatment Center Opens at New Britain General Hospital
New Britain [January 29 2005] -
With a celebratory open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony, the American Savings Foundation Radiation Oncology Treatment Center formally opened its doors to the public today. The 10,000-square foot, $7 million addition was built to accommodate the radiation oncology services of the George Bray Cancer Center at New Britain General Hospital.
The hospital broke ground for the new building on June 9, 2003, and final construction was completed in December of 2004. The treatment center is located on the corner of Griswold and Highland streets in New Britain, adjacent to the hospital campus.
“It greatly benefits the city to be a part of this expansion of the hospital’s program for advanced cancer research and treatment,” commented Tim Stewart, Mayor of New Britain, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A $1 million contribution from the American Savings Foundation in New Britain was the lead gift for the center. Other contributions to the Capital Campaign for New Britain General Hospital, a five-year fund-raising effort, were also earmarked for this project.
The new center houses the most sophisticated technology currently available for radiation therapy, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). IMRT targets tumor sites with great precision and very high doses of radiation, providing effective treatment with minimal impact on healthy tissues or organs.
A breast cancer therapy called Mammosite™, that reduces side effects and cuts treatment time from eight weeks to five days, is another treatment advance offered at the center. Brachytherapy, including radiation ‘seed’ implants for prostate cancer, and the full range of radiation oncology services will also be provided in the new building.
In addition to the latest technology, the new center features spacious examination and treatment rooms, a computer with online access for patient use, comfortable waiting areas with television, and convenient free parking.
The George Bray Cancer Center provides 8,500 radiation treatments to more than 500 patients each year. The new building will be available to accommodate most patients immediately, and within the next few weeks all of the services of radiation oncology will be consolidated under its roof.
“The opening of the American Savings Foundation Radiation Oncology Treatment Center is a tremendously exciting and significant event for NBGH,” said NBGH President and CEO Laurence A. Tanner. “It represents the hospital’s ongoing commitment to make safer, faster, and more precise treatment technology available to our patients.”
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