Baptist Breaks Ground On Region’s First Integrated Cancer Center

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(Memphis) Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult enough, but it can become even more stressful when patients are required to visit a number of doctors at several different locations.

Baptist Memorial Health Care wants to change that, with the region’s first integrated cancer center.

The $87.8 million Cancer Center will provide patients with one point of access for cancer care.

Part of the center will move into an existing 3,000 square foot building on Humphreys Boulevard.

An addition, that will be connected by an atrium, which will be built over the next two years.

Doctors, the new director of the Cancer Center, and a cancer survivor helped break ground for the center this week.

Doctors at Baptist say this year alone, 35,000 new patients will be diagnosed with cancer in Tennessee.

They say the new facility will be centered on patients needs and what they need to get through the disease.

“The patients in Memphis have been requesting that patients be able to get care in a single place rather than going from doctor to doctor, and we are going to provide that now for them in Memphis,” said Cancer Center Director Stephen Edge.

The center will also be bringing new treatments to patients, and collaborating with the Ingram Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

The Cancer Center will open in mid-2015.