The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI) is scheduled to open and start seeing its first patients this Monday, January 9, 2017.
The $43 million, four-story, 100,000-square-foot cancer center represents a major investment in Rolla, Missouri, and surrounding communities. The opening of the DDCI is an historic event that will forever change the face of cancer care in south-central Missouri.
Six years ago, PCRMC first announced the creation of the cancer institute named after Dr. Delbert Day, curators’ professor emeritus of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri.
Dr. Day’s son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Kim Day, provided the “seed gift” for the cancer institute.
Additionally, the community raised $7 million during a successful capital campaign to help construct the DDCI. A total of 1,170 businesses, organizations and individuals contributed to the cancer treatment facility.
“Ted and Kim Day lit the fuse,” Dr. Day said but added that the community “provided the fuel to get us where we are today.”
“When a community gets behind a project such as this, great things are bound to happen,” said PCRMC CEO Ed Clayton. “The Delbert Day Cancer Institute is something that we hope you, our community, are very proud of.”
PCRMC has been offering cancer care services for over three decades, but what makes the DDCI so special is that “we can integrate the care that we currently offer in several places under one roof,” said PCRMC Director of Radiation Oncology Christopher Spencer, MD. “These services will all be streamlined in a central, convenient location.”
An additional 520 patients can be treated each year at the DDCI.
This cancer institute features modern, state-of-the-art equipment and uses the latest in cancer treatment technology to help people living with cancer.
PCRMC purchased a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, which can deliver radiation with speed and accuracy to treat cancer.
The DDCI also has a new Siemens PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) scanner, which uses small amounts of radioactive material and X-rays to scan the body to obtain information about cells and tissues that may be cancerous.
In addition, the DDCI offers chemotherapy services, radiation oncology, medical oncology and hematology care, imaging services, an infusion center, a new pharmacy, cancer rehabilitation, genetic counseling, nurse navigator services, social services, a cancer resource center, dietary support, spiritual support, a wig and bra fitting boutique and more.
While the cancer center is an architectural masterpiece as seen from the outside, it is the care providers, staff, employees and volunteers who will bring the true, exceptional care to cancer patients inside the building.
At the DDCI, patients will receive world-class cancer care, close to home, so they do not have to travel far for their treatments and therapies.
Cancer patients will be served by a team of radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, general surgeons, pathologists, urologists, pulmonologists, palliative and supportive care physicians, gynecologists, otolaryngologists as well as nursing staff, social workers, dietitians and many others.
The DDCI is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
To learn more about the DDCI, visit the cancer center located at 1060 West 10th Street, Rolla, Missouri, call 573-458-3324 (DDCI) or go online to pcrmc.com.