A formal ribbon cutting on Wednesday (September 1) unveiled the new $10.6 million Renzi Cancer Center at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.
It officially opens to patients later this month on September 27.
WXHC got a personalized tour that followed a short celebration featuring several speakers.
Dr. Philip Lowry is director of the new cancer center and chief of Hematology/Oncology for the Guthrie Clinic.
“For many of our patients, it can be difficult to endure all the transportation required for their many appointments. In some cases, these can be 50 miles away or further both ways on a regular basis,” said Dr. Lowry. “This facility now enables them to receive the care they need much closer to home.”
Comprising 10,825 square feet, the state-of-the-art building brings radiation and medical oncology services under one roof.
Among the features inside:
State-of-the-art linear accelerator
10 chemotherapy infusion chairs
Lab phlebotomy stations
Patient meeting room
Comfortable waiting areas
Teams of board-certified specialists will work with patients through all aspects of their journey.
Supportive care programs can now be accessed in the same location where physicians are seen.
“The Renzi Cancer Center is one of the greatest examples to date of Guthrie’s partnership with the community to provide high quality compassionate care,” said Jennifer Yartym, President, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. “We are excited to see what started as an idea several years ago become a reality for comprehensive cancer care to patients and their families close to home.”
Members of the community supported this project with over $2.76 million in donations to Cortland Memorial Foundation, the fundraising arm of the local hospital.
A $1 million of that total came from Nicholas Renzi of Cortland, former CEO of Pall Corporation.
Renzi wished to honor the legacy of his late wife, Agnes, and help those battling cancer throughout the region.
As a result, he committed to matching the first million dollars in donations.