UPMC to break ground for center

Staff report


UPMC Horizon will break ground Monday for a $6 million cancer center at the hospital system’s Shenango Valley Campus.

The project, slated for completion in January, will introduce radiation oncology services to UPMC Horizon, hospital officials said.

A groundbreaking ceremony, featuring a presentation on the center’s technology by Dr. Dwight E. Heron, vice president of radiation oncology at UPMC Shadyside, will be at 10 a.m.

The 7,135-square-foot center, designed by Image Associates, Inc. of Pittsburgh, will bring the most-advanced radiation oncology services available at UPMC Cancer Centers community sites to UPMC Horizon’s service area, officials said.

The center’s linear accelerator offers gated image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy, or IMRT, with an on-board imager that delivers precise doses of radiation in a shorter amount of time than traditional IMRT.

Gating enables the linear accelerator to adjust for changes in the tumor’s position related to respiration, allowing the patient to maintain a normal breathing pattern during treatment.

The new center also will include a patient waiting room with an educational kiosk, private sub-waiting rooms and dressing booths, four examination rooms, physicians’ offices and staff lounges and a conference room.

The facility will be accessible by a separate, canopied entrance at the front of the hospital with short-term, drop-off parking for patients and an ambulance entrance site to the rear of the building. It will be connected to the main hospital for transport of inpatients. The expansion will add 3,375 square feet to the front and north side of the Farrell facility.

UPMC Horizon offers medical oncology services at its Greenville and Shenango Valley campuses through Drs. Edgardo Lob and Eric Spielvogle, who specialize in oncology and hematology; and through Dr. Lob’s hospital-based practice at Grove City Medical Center.

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