MANCHESTER — A $19 million Elliot Regional Cancer Center to open on the Elliot Hospital campus late next year will increase patient services and bring jobs, officials said.
The center is predicted to handle at least 1,500 new patient consults a year after its expected opening in fall 2020.
“This center will make a huge difference in the lives of our patients to bring them all to one place, to allow us to centralize what we’re doing.” Dr. Peter Crow of New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology in Hooksett said at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.
Patients, for instance, who need both chemotherapy and radiation must go Hooksett and Manchester, but once the new cancer center opens in fall 2020, patients will need only to go to the Elliot campus.
The center is expected to create at least a couple dozen new jobs beyond about 35 workers that will be transferred from New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology to Manchester.
The new 22,000-square-foot center will feature “the best of what modern technology can offer through advancements in radiation therapy as well as clinical trials,” said Dr. Greg Baxter, president of Elliot Health System.
“We will also offer navigation services that will help patients move not only through the cancer center but across the clinical disciplines and different modalities of treatment,” he said.
The center will include radiation oncology, cancer screening services, diagnostics and imaging, surgery, radiation therapy services, laboratory, pharmacy and other services along with parking for 42 vehicles and an outdoor healing garden.
Elliot has had the construction money needed to build the cancer center for several years, but it also will launch a capital campaign hoping to raise more than $10 million from the community, Baxter said in an interview.
“The capital campaign would decrease the amount that Elliot is actually putting into the project,” Baxter said.