Chelsea Community Hospital (CCH), a general medical and surgical hospital in Chelsea, Michigan, US, has announced plans to build a new 15,000ft² cancer centre.

CCH plans to break ground on the project in January 2014 and complete construction by the end of the year.

The new centre, which will be an addition to the main hospital, will offer a wide range of cancer treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

It will include medical oncology and radiation oncology suites, physician exam rooms, patient areas, changing rooms, an onsite pharmacy for mixing chemotherapy drugs, and the infrastructure needed for a linear accelerator and CT simulator for radiation treatment.

CCH’s cancer centre will also provide access to regional resources including clinical research trials, specialised breast health services such as genetic counselling, and CyberKnife radiotherapy.

To support the cancer centre project, a $6m fundraising campaign called the ‘Branching Out Campaign’ has been launched by the hospital.

"CCH plans to break ground on the project in January 2014 and complete construction by the end of the year."

CCH president and CEO Nancy Graebner noted that support for the hospital’s fundraising campaign will allow CCH to provide compassionate cancer care close to home.

"Together we can make a lasting impact in the lives of our families, friends and neighbours by giving hope a new home at our Chelsea Community Hospital Cancer Center," Graebner added.

Following the completion of the centre, the existing chemotherapy services will be moved to the new facility and expand to include eight infusion bays and two private infusion rooms.

The hospital also plans to purchase and install the linear accelerator and CT simulator for offering radiation treatment to patients.

CCH will join Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s other locations in Ann Arbor, Brighton and Canton in offering these cancer services.