Not only does it provide us a state-of-the-art
facility to take care of cancer patients, but we’re putting so much energy and resources
into really treating the total patient. You know, we’re going to have research,
state-of-the-art technology, a whole section devoted to genetics. There can be a lot more coordination of care
and multidisciplinary decision-making because we will be so close to each other. There is no substitute for having an environment
where people can come together and essentially work shoulder-to-shoulder problem solving. Instead of saying, “Well, I’m going to
have you see the breast surgeon next week,” I will walk the patient down the hallway,
and they will meet their surgeon that day. Right now, for a cancer patient, it’s very
overwhelming when you get diagnosed with cancer, and yet we’re telling them to go to multiple
different clinics and see multiple different physicians, and this will sort of be all housed
in one place. The building itself doesn’t make your care
better, but what it does do is it makes your care more pleasant, and rather than just your
community hospital on the river, it becomes a regional cancer center and that would be
to everyone’s advantage. More skill, more experience, more options. It is going to be beautiful.