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St. Francis Regional Medical Center expands and renovates to keep cancer care close to home

Hospital news | Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Contact: Dayna Stroik

St. Francis Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the completed renovation and remodel of the St. Francis Cancer Center.

To accommodate a projected 38 percent growth in patients with cancer by 2030, the St. Francis Cancer Center, located within St. Francis Regional Medical Center, underwent a necessary expansion and remodel. The Cancer Center project began April 2020 and reached completion in December 2021.

Featuring experts from St. Francis, Park Nicollet, Allina Health and Minneapolis Radiation Oncology, the St. Francis Cancer Center has been serving Scott and Carver counties since opening in 1997. The Cancer Center houses coordinated expert care for medical oncology, radiation oncology and infusion services.

The renovation expanded the footprint of the Cancer Center’s state-of-the-art infusion services area, enhancing the space with windows and art. The medical oncology clinic was relocated to vacated space nearby, allowing it to grow from four to eight rooms, while keeping radiation oncology and medical oncology located near one another, as requested by patients. The Cancer Center also features multiple designated parking spaces near the door and an enhanced entrance for easy accessibility.

“The Cancer Center’s expansion allows additional state-of-the-art space for our cancer care experts to treat patients close to home,” explains Claudia Baumann, MD, medical director of the St. Francis Cancer Center. “Whether they need radiation, chemotherapy or specialized cancer treatment, we have the expertise and therapies they’d find at large metro hospitals, without the drive.”

“The expansion and renovation of the Cancer Center improves both the access and experience for patients in need of cancer treatment,” explains Amy Jerdee, St. Francis president. “We carefully tailored these projects to meet our objectives, while balancing the needs of the growing population with our commitment to financial responsibility.”

While the project was largely funded from resources set aside for reinvestment in the hospital, St. Francis launched its Capital Campaign in 2020 to seek contributions from the community. To support the renovation and beautification of the Cancer Center medical oncology clinic lobby, Rahr Corporation, a longtime supporter of St. Francis and donor to the Saints Foundation, pledged generous support toward the remodel.

About St. Francis Regional Medical Center

St. Francis Regional Medical Center is owned by Allina Health, HealthPartners Park Nicollet and Essentia Health. This unique structure combines the caring and compassion of a community hospital with the advanced medical technology, specialties and expertise of industry-leading health systems. St. Francis provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency care services on a collaborative medical campus with more than 30 affiliated clinics and 450 providers in the community.