Envisioned to become as a centre for treating cancer in the Northwest suburbs amid expected growth for oncology services in the region, this five-storey, 105,000ft2 building is proposed to be called Northwest Community Hospital Cancer Center, reported DailyHerald.
In an application to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, Northwest Community Healthcare stated: “Outpatient cancer care is expected to increase in the future due to advances in treatment and technology.
“Establishing a stand-alone cancer center will eliminate competition for appointment time and space within the hospital.”
“Moreover, it will reduce the risk of exposing cancer patients with weakened immune systems to other illnesses and infections. Finally, having all cancer services in one convenient location can minimize stress, especially for patients who require daily treatments.”
According to the hospital officials, the present cancer care offered at the basement of the 509-bed hospital has space constraints. Cancer patients, whose immunity is compromised, are required to enter and exit through hospital corridors along with other patients and staff.
As per the documents filed with the review board, there are more than 134,000 patients within Northwest Community Healthcare’s primary service area and more than 400,000 in a secondary service area.
The primary service area includes Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, and Mount Prospect, while the secondary service area extends into Schaumburg, Mundelein, and Northbrook.
Over the next five years, oncology services is estimated to grow by 7% in the primary area and 10% in the secondary area.
As per the proposal, the new cancer centre would feature specialty clinics, pharmacy, laboratory, clinical exam rooms, imaging, and research space.