WINCHESTER, Virginia (September 1, 2016)—After five years of planning and fundraising, Winchester Medical Center’s new $28.5 million cancer center is ready to receive patients.
The new 52,000-square-foot facility includes an integrative care unit; outpatient rehabilitation therapy; radiation, surgical and medical oncology suites; a breast health navigator and breast center suite; patient navigators and cancer support coordinators; nutrition counseling; a 70-seat conference center; and a skywalk to the adjacent diagnostics center.
“We will be able to provide absolute, top-notch quality care,” said Dr. James Freilich, a Valley Health board member and emergency room physician at the Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal.
It’s the kind of quality care that patients would previously have to travel to large hospital systems at big universities or major metropolitan areas to get, Freilich said. Patients in the Winchester area could find themselves making trips to places like Charlottesville or Baltimore “every other day.” That kind of frequent travel for treatment can have a significant negative impact on a patient, Freilich said. With this new facility, local patients can receive the care they need “right in their own backyard,”
The new chemotherapy treatment area overlooks a pond and healing garden, built by Frederick County-based Trex Co., which extends into a garden patio with white lawn chairs and benches. The building itself is spacious and bright. “It doesn’t feel like a sterile medical environment,” Freilich said.
“This is a dream come true” said Dr. Terry Sinclair, a retired surgeon and former chief medical officer of Valley Health, parent company of Winchester Medical Center.
The new cancer treatment center was built by Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. and designed by Perkins + Will. It is located at 400 Campus Blvd. in Winchester on the Winchester Medical Center campus.
Source: Onofrio Castiglia, The Winchester Star