OSF Healthcare Hosts Beam Signing Ceremony for New Cancer Center

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – OSF Healthcare mission partners, sisters, cancer patients and community members gathered Thursday to sign the final bundle that will top OSF Healthcare’s $250 million Cancer Institute in Peoria.

The last beam holds a special place in the construction, as it marks the completion of the building structure.

OSF mission partners, sisters and community members signed names and vows all over the white beam.

OSF Healthcare President Bob Anderson said the beam represents a “piece of history”.

“It’s kind of a milestone for us… For me, it represents a transition from one construction phase to another. You know, it kind of shows what the outline of the building will be,” he said.

Anderson said they have worked at the cancer center since 2014.

“So it’s been a long time coming. So every day, when I arrive at work, and I see the teams working on the building and see the progress, it is a source of inspiration. This motivates me we get there, and before long, we will take care of patients here, “he said.

Dr. James McGee, medical director of the Oncology, Radiation Therapy and Oncology Service Line at OSF Healthcare, called the beam signing a “community support measure”.

“The community comes together and basically says good wishes to the beam so that he can have a critical spot, and he will point out the structure of the building is in place,” he said.

McGee said the cancer center will revolutionize cancer treatment. A state-of-the-art proton center is one of the features of the center.

“We want to have ultimately this will be the turning point where cancer starts to decline in our community, where cure rates get better and better, and early detection rates get better and better,” he said.

“We will have a variety of services fight against cancer out there, a one-stop shop for people who need treatment against cancer. High-end technologies such as proton therapy and radiotherapy, as well as infusions, medical practices. So really kind of sums up all the services that we have around our patients,” Anderson added.

The beam will be placed during the finishing ceremony on April 28. The center is expected to be completed in late 2023 or early 2024.

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