They’re building on hope

Can­cer Treat­ment Cen­ters of Amer­ica high­lighted con­struc­tion of an ad­di­tion with a steel beam car­ry­ing mean­ing­ful mes­sages.

Can­cer Treat­ment Cen­ters of Amer­ica ded­ic­ated a “beam of hope” last week as part of its ex­pan­sion plans.

The hos­pit­al, at 1331 E. Wyom­ing Ave., is con­struct­ing a three-story, 38,000-square-foot ad­di­tion on the west side of its cam­pus. It will house an ex­pan­ded eight-bed in­tens­ive-care unit on the second floor and ad­di­tion­al clin­ic­al areas, in­clud­ing op­er­at­ing rooms, on the first and third floors.

Pa­tients, care­givers, em­ploy­ees and con­struc­tion work­ers signed a steel beam from Oct. 10-12, of­fer­ing per­son­al mes­sages of hope for all those fa­cing can­cer.

On Oct. 13, an Amer­ic­an flag and an ever­green tree were at­tached to the beam be­fore it was raised to top off the build­ing. The event also in­cluded a min­is­ter’s pray­er.

Steve Ru­sinko, CTCA’s chief fin­an­cial of­ficer, ex­plained that con­struc­tion should be com­pleted by next June. The gen­er­al con­tract­or is HSC Build­er & Con­struc­tion Man­agers in Ex­ton, Chester County.

The build-out is the first at the cam­pus. The site had been va­cant land.

CTCA also is doub­ling the size of its re­hab­il­it­a­tion cen­ter, which will in­clude such new fea­tures as a built-in kit­chen area for oc­cu­pa­tion­al-ther­apy pa­tients. In a year or so, there will be more ex­pan­sion of the cafet­er­ia and ra­di­ology and ra­di­ation units.

“In the fu­ture, there will be more build-outs as we con­tin­ue to grow,” Ru­sinko said.

Oth­er pos­sible pro­jects in­clude a park­ing gar­age and guest-quar­ters build­ing.

CTCA opened in Decem­ber 2005 in the former Park­view Hos­pit­al build­ing. The num­ber of em­ploy­ees has ris­en from 154 to more than 800.

The hos­pit­al has seen an av­er­age in­crease in pa­tients of 20 per­cent per year.

CTCA and its con­struc­tion part­ners also have taken over con­trol of the ad­ja­cent Green­wood Cemetery, trans­form­ing the once-dilap­id­ated prop­erty in­to a neigh­bor­hood source of pride.

The ground in the rear of the cemetery is now used by the hos­pit­al for park­ing. It fea­tures an herb and ve­get­able garden, walk­ing trail, light­ing and land­scap­ing. ••

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