St. Bernards will host a community open house and tours of the new St. Bernards Cancer Center at 405 East Jackson Ave. Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30, from 3 to 5.
Construction has been completed to enlarge the Cancer Center and bring all cancer services under a single roof. The 34,000-square-foot multi-level facility is the first of four phases of master plan work at St. Bernards that will change the face of downtown Jonesboro.
The Ben E. Owens Cancer Center, opened in March of 1991 as the area’s only cancer center. It provided radiation therapy for cancer patients throughout the region, allowing them to stay at home to receive treatment. During the last 25 years, physicians have treated nearly 25,000 cancer patients at the center.
Only one radiation oncologist and two medical oncologists were on the medical staff at St. Bernards when the facility first opened.
The structure now houses both radiation therapy and hematology/medical oncology, with six physicians – three radiation oncologists and three hematology/medical oncologists – caring for patients. The ground floor in the sleek, new center houses the radiation therapy clinic, treatment planning and PET and CT scanning. The first floor houses the hematology/medical oncology clinic, where up to 28 patients can receive infusion therapy at any one time. It also has 16 patient exam rooms, conference rooms, a resource room, work stations and much more.
In addition, that level connects directly to the first level of the medical center, making it easy for physicians to see inpatients.
The Cancer Center is the first phase of master plan work to be completed on the main St. Bernards campus. Work already is underway to make additions to the Heartcare Center and to change access to St. Bernards emergency services. Other phases will include construction of a five-story surgical and intensive care tower on Jackson Avenue just west of the new Cancer Center and renovation of the existing medical center, including patient rooms.