Groundbreaking Date Set for Avera Cancer Institute Marshall
Avera Cancer Institute Marshall will break ground on the new cancer center on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. A brief ceremony will take place near the front entrance of the hospital at 300 S. Bruce Street in Marshall, Minn., where the construction will occur.
“Groundbreaking for the project represents an important step in Avera Marshall’s history of commitment to providing high quality health care close to home,” said Mary Maertens, President & CEO. “For people faced with a cancer journey, Avera Marshall will offer the clinical sophistication and expert care needed for hope and healing. And it will be conveniently located near where they live.”
Fundraising for the $12.95 million began earlier this year in January. A portion of those dollars, ($7.5 million) came from funds set aside specifically for cancer care as part of the sale of the medical center from the city to Avera in 2009. The Avera Marshall Foundation is at $11.35 million total raised so far, with just under $ 1.4 million needed for completion.
Marty Seifert, Executive Director of the Foundation, said the community can be proud of their role in making the cancer center a reality. “Businesses, organizations and individuals have shown incredible support for this project and getting us to groundbreaking. We ask for continued consideration to complete the campaign by next summer. ”
Avera Cancer Institute Marshall will offer radiation therapy as well as other cancer care services, including chemotherapy. Chemotherapy and infusion services have been available at Avera Marshall for the past 10 years and the new center will offer a more complete complement of care services. Patients will experience the benefits of quality care close to where they live, eliminating some of the issues with travel time, loss of work, and transportation issues.
Donors and the public are invited to attend the groundbreaking next Monday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Avera Marshall.