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.
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
Friday, October 4
If you’ve been a survivor, a supporter, a donor, an employee; the SIH Cancer Institute invites you to join us for the groundbreaking of our new comprehensive cancer center.
We intend to celebrate this exciting move forward in providing exceptional cancer care in a place where healing and hope can happen under one roof. A place where patients can disregard the burden of travel so they can concentrate on what’s important…fighting cancer.