Kraemer Cancer Center Cancer Center construction under way
Te brick and mortar of the new Kraemer Cancer Center now under construction on the Froedtert Health St. Joseph’s Hospital campus will complement the warm colors of the connected hospital and the surrounding prairie. Most importantly, the work that will take place at the center when it opens in fall 2012 will meet the growing needs of the community for comprehensive cancer services in one location.
The center will enable the hospital to offer advanced, coordinated care for cancer patients in their own community.
Te new cancer care center will occupy 16,000 square feet on the Garden Level of a multi-level medical building. Te cancer center will have its own entrance on the lower level of the building and a dedicated parking lot for patient convenience.
Te look of the new center was unveiled by cancer center staff on April 20 at a “Community of Hope” event to mark the start of construction. With grading of the site visible outside the windows, the hospital’s Garden Café welcomed guests with live music, hors d’oeuvres and displays. As guests departed for the evening, they received a special gift: a potted cone flower or daylily, both of which are known for having healing properties.
Michael Laird, St. Joseph’s Hospital president and chief executive officer, served as emcee for the program which included John and Sue Smithers, who announced that the new name of the center would continue to reflect the generosity of the original donors, Alyce and Elmore Kraemer, John’s aunt and uncle. Other speakers included J. Frank Wilson, MD,
Participating in the cancer center groundbreaking were, left to right, Jackie Eicher (CG Schmidt), Steve Raasch, John Balzer, J. Frank Wilson, MD, Mark Lodes, MD, William Petasnick, Bob Nichols, Martina Hartwell, Nancy Roecker, Charlie Runge, Candice Johnstone, MD, Michael Laird, John Smithers and Sue Smithers.
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chair and Bernard and Miriam Peck Family Professor of Radiation Oncology and Director Emeritus, Cancer Center, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, who is nationally recognized for his cancer research; William Petasnick, Froedtert Health CEO; and cancer survivor Terri Tybring of West Bend.
Te center will provide St. Joseph’s Hospital with the opportunity to expand and grow the range of cancer specialties available locally in a state-of-the-art cancer facility connected to the services and support of the hospital. In addition, as part of the Froedtert & Te Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network, the center will enable the hospital to offer advanced, coordinated care for cancer patients in their own community and access to an entire network of cancer specialists focused on patients’ individual needs.
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