Florence, AL – On September 18, North Alabama Medical Center (NAMC), part of LifePoint Health, ceremoniously broke ground on a new cancer center that will be added to its main campus in Florence, Alabama. A small group of leaders from the hospital and LifePoint gathered to celebrate the first dig marking the beginning of construction for Northwest Alabama Cancer Care, LLC. The facility is made possible by a $13.6 million investment from LifePoint Health.
“We are excited to break ground and begin construction on this new facility, which will expand our service offerings and ensure high-quality cancer care close to home for those we serve,” said Russell Pigg, North Alabama market president and chief executive officer of NAMC. “Today, we take another exciting step in advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier, and we look forward to seeing this important project come to fruition.”
The nearly 13,000-square-foot cancer center will occupy existing shell space within the medical office building on the hospital’s main campus and expand the facility’s overall footprint. It will offer a wide range of cancer treatment and support services under one roof, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, infusion therapy, lab services and an onsite pharmacy. The facility will feature advanced technology and equipment, including a linear accelerator for providing radiation treatments to patients. It will also house a CT simulator, which allows for precise treatment planning by transmitting X-rays through tissue to create a detailed graphic display of the tumor and surrounding healthy tissue. The facility will include three radiation oncology exam rooms, two medical oncology exam rooms, seven infusion spaces, and dedicated waiting areas and office space.
The architect for the Northwest Alabama Cancer Care, LLC project will be Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. The facility is expected to be completed and open to the public in early 2022.
“Building this cancer center is just one more example of how deeply we care about this community and how we are always looking for ways to better serve its needs,” said David Dill, president and chief executive officer of LifePoint Health. “We look forward to the exciting day when we can open this facility and start winning more battles against cancer in all its forms. LifePoint Health is proud to partner with North Alabama Medical Center to continue transforming the health of this region.”
About North Alabama Medical Center
North Alabama Medical Center opened its doors in 2018, as the replacement facility for Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, in Florence, Alabama. North Alabama Medical Center serves as a regional facility with more than 200 physicians on staff who represent more than 42 specialty areas of medicine.
The 263-bed facility offers the community’s only open heart surgery site, a complete line of women’s and children’s services and a complete line of medical and imaging services.
About LifePoint Health
LifePoint Health is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities across the country. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net.