Cancer Center Expansion Approved

The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved $8.2 million to expand the Welch Cancer Center.
The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved $8.2 million to expand the Welch Cancer Center.

A little over two months ago, the design team of KWN Construction and CTA Architects began the process of developing a design that would allow for the expansion of the Welch Cancer Center. The projection of probable cost was discussed and ultimately approved by the Hospital Board of Trustees Wednesday.

Sheridan Memorial Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty says that the $8.2 million that was approved by the Board is not a formal contract, just simply an authorization for the hospital to keep the project moving forward.

The Hospital Foundation will be responsible for raising half of the funds for the project. Foundation Executive Director Ada Kirven says that the fundraising will begin immediately.

The Hospital expects KWN and CTA to have a guaranteed maximum price for them in the next couple of months, which at that point the Board would have to approve entering into a contract for the project.

The expansion would actually do away with most of the existing Welch Cancer Center, except for the vaults for the Linear Accelerator and CT Scanner.

The size of the new facility is estimated at just over 15-thousand square feet. If the guaranteed maximum price comes in close to the $8.2 million that was approved, the groundbreaking for the project would be this May, with a tentative completion date of August 2012.

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