The $9.6 million project could break ground before summer 2013. (image courtesy Community Cancer Center)
By Zach Dietmeier
BLOOMINGTON - The Community Cancer Center wants to break ground on a major expansion project this spring.
The center is almost halfway to its fundraising goal for expanding its current facility. Interim Executive Director Roger Hunt said in order to maintain top-quality cancer treatment and care, the organization needs more space.
"We have 220 patients come through our door every day and we are quickly running out of space," Hunt said. "Our projection is that we are going to see a growth of about seven percent a year of our patients over the next decade."
The center has already received over $4 million in donations and pledges. Hunt said the donations are going well.
"That's been through the generosity of more than 1,600 donors and half of that amount has been in cash," Hunt said. "We need to get a little bit further so we can look to break ground before summer starts."
The plan includes adding on a two-story building, chapel, and research library as well as expanding the Radiation Oncology area. According to Hunt, they want to have at least $5.5 million when starting construction on the $9.6 million project.