Cancer center to get new home in Beloit
BELOIT Beloit Health System will break ground Tuesday for an $11.6 million cancer center that's expected to open by year-end.
The center will be built on a five-acre parcel of land on the corners of Milwaukee Road and Lee Lane, in front of the system's Occupational Health, Sports and Family Clinic.
It will bring together all cancer services under one roof and extend Beloit's existing relationship with the University of Wisconsin and the UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison.
"Beloit Health System began an affiliation with what is now UW Health in 1985," Greg Britton, president and CEO of Beloit Health System, said in a news release. "In fact, we were one of their first affiliates."
With its location near major highways, the cancer center is designed to serve patients in the broad region of Rock and Walworth counties, as well as those in northern Illinois.
The new center also will expand and improve the system's cancer treatment options, said Tim McKevett, senior vice president. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art cancer-fighting technology such as Image Guided Radiation.
"About 50 percent of the cancer patients we serve in this area need both radiation and chemotherapy," McKevett said. "Soon they will have one location for these treatments that is focused on their comfort."
The cancer center will offer complete cancer services at one location, rather than the current division of radiation at the hospital and chemotherapy at Beloit Clinic. Services will include medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion, and advanced radiation therapy.
Beloit Health System's physicians will work more closely with UW cancer specialists and will have access to the latest treatment protocols and education. Drs. Peter Mahler and Walter Vogel will continue to practice at the new site.
Klobucar Construction of Beloit will be the contractor.
The Beloit Health System includes Beloit Hospital, Beloit Clinic, and nine outreach locations in the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois area.