Plans Unveiled for New $10.7M Oncology Center at GCMC

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Guthrie Cortland Medical Center this week unveiled plans for its new $10.6M cancer treatment center, which officials hope will break ground in Spring 2020 at the northeast corner of Loope and West Main streets.

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Plans weer unveiled at a community meeting held Tuesday (November 19) night at the hospital, where GCMC President Jennifer Yartym and VP of Finance Denise Wrinn provided updates on what’s expected in the coming months.

Two hospital-owned houses will be demolished in that area and the project will also require major changes to the two parking lots north and west of the hospital.

According to the initial plans, the one-story construction will be 19 feet tall, with 8 feet of primary concrete and 4 feet of secondary concrete. The final project will include 10 chemo chairs (currently 7), 8 exam rooms and a new lab work area for chemo drugs – although labs will still need to be brought across street to the hospital.

Chemo drugs will now be mixed on site in a special toxic pharmacy about 11,000 square feet in dimension.

Hours of operation will likely coincide with existing business hours. be normal business hours. Officials expect a 30% increase in patient load over the next five years.

Additionally, Alvena Ave will be surrendered to hospital ownership, with new parking lots complete over the next three years by 2022. That will require new paving and an updated zoning code, which will account for a 10 feet buffer zone, new landscaping and a fence

The proposal is now awaiting official approvals from the state health department and the city of Cortland.

Hospital officials said they hope to officially present the project to the city planning commission at their December 23 meeting.

Thanks to their affiliation with Guthrie, the Cortland hospital has $100 million to spend over the next 10 years, which currently breaks down as follows:

  • 10.6 million on new cancer center
  • 30 million on Epic software to go live in July 2020
  • 1.5 million on 3D mammography and 2nd CT scanner for radiation CT sim and other diagnostic
    (no CT in cancer center- must walk across street)

The remaining funds could possibly be used to modify these projects, along with for additional rooms and equipment for surgical need.

There will be another community meeting in the future providing more updates on the project.

Stay tuned with WXHC News for updates along the way.

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