The Lastest on the SIH Cancer Center
For too long, many cancer patients and their families have had a perception that they need to travel long distances to receive the care they need. The Cancer Center brings patients, doctors and services under one roof for greater efficiency and quality of service for everyone involved in this medical journey of cancer treatment.
Please check back often for the latest developments on SIH Cancer Center.
After gathering thousands of signatures and messages across the community, the ceremonial 22ft steel beam was raised, and put in it’s permanent home, over the new comprehensive cancer on February 27th. “This beam will be a place where all cancer patients and caregivers will pass under. We wanted this to be a symbol of strength that all of us at SIH work for, but it also represents all that the community has given to their friends and family members; and the strength and support they need through their journey.” – Jennifer Badiu, System Cancer Care Services Director.
For a look at the beam raising and the Cancer Institute’s progress, check out this video:
If you’ve been impacted by cancer in some way, SIH Cancer Institute invites you to sign a ceremonial steel beam that completes the infrastructure of the new cancer center being built in Carterville.
In an effort to symbolize the strength and support, which is critical for cancer patients, you should add your name. Continue reading
Calling all artists and photographers. Your commissioned work could inspire hope and healing by being displayed at the new comprehensive cancer center in Carterville.
Our goal is to design the cancer center in a way that promotes health and healing for our cancer patients. Your art could be a part of that vision
Join us for a special preview of the cancer center.
Tuesday, January 28
5:30pm to 6:30 pm
SIH System Office
University Mall, Carbondale
- Find out how to submit a proposal.
- Join us for a virtual tour of the center.
- Get a feel for how you can blend your artistry with our vision.
- Learn more about this unique opportunity.
RSVP Requested: 866.744.2468
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You can still submit art even if you cannot make the event. Download the Artist Packet with all necessary information.
One department that will be newly located at the SIH Cancer Institute is the Cancer Registry.
What is the Cancer Registry?
Local Cancer Registries funnel data into the Illinois State Cancer Registry and the Commission on Cancer National Cancer Data Base.
With this information, doctors and researchers can use the data to learn more about cancer. The data helps point to causes, trends in various populations, patterns of occurrence and more. This then helps them make treatment choices and helps give direction for public health initiatives. Continue reading
Preparing the Vaults
One key service that will be located at the new cancer center is radiation oncology. This integral form of cancer treatment uses radiation to kill cancer cells. Because radiation is used, special treatment “vaults” must be created to accommodate.
Pictured here is the intricate groundwork needed to prepare the cancer center for this kind of treatment. Here are some interesting facts about this area:
- Each vault has an area of 1450 square feet.
- The vaults must be entirely formed of concrete, including walls, floor and roof.
- Calculations for wall thickness take into account things like, number of patients treated per day, photon energy of the equipment and the adjacent spaces.
- The concrete used must have a density of 147 pounds per cubic foot.
- The thickest vault door weighs 4,709 pounds.
- Penetrations through the walls for air conditioning must be specially designed using a maze in order to limit radiation.
SIH Cancer Center Groundbreaking
KFVS 12′s Carly O’Keefe interviews Dr. Suven Shankar, surgical oncologist, at new SIH cancer center site in Carterville. Groundbreaking ceremonies later this morning at 11 AM.
Site preparation is beginning at the SIH cancer center construction site.
Certificate of Need Application met with Unanimous Support
In May, Southern Illinois Healthcare received unanimous approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board in Chicago to build the region’s first freestanding cancer center.
The approval came on the heels of overwhelming regional support for the 42,000 square foot facility to be located on Route 13 in Carterville on 15 acres of wooded property just west of John A. Logan College. Continue reading