Lutheran Hospital Dedicates Comprehensive Cancer Center

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Sep 14, 2007 at 6:09 PM EDT

Care for cancer patients will be taking on a different look at a new cancer center dedicated Friday at Lutheran Hospital's Fort Wayne Campus.

More than a half dozen partner organizations are linking up in the new center.

NEUMEYER: " One stop shopping is a term not often associated with treatment of a deadly disease, but the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Lutheran Hospital does offer the benefits of one stop care for cancer patients.

The 7-million dollar facility situated on two floors took 17 months to construct, but now it's finally up and running.

A group of doctors who practice as Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology actually own the new building, but Lutheran Hospital, along with radiation oncologists, surgeons and operators of a convalescent product store are also partners in this venture.

Lutheran administrators say it will draw new patients to their campus, but will also provide valuable benefit to patients themselves.

CEO Joe Dorko/Lutheran Hospital: " Well, the word cancer is a scary term, you're a family member or you're a patient, you hear that word, it just brings fear and uh, sometimes it's a difficult path to go down. We're real excited about the Cancer Resource Center, because it puts a patient's advocate for everybody, to help you navigate through, ask questions you didn't even know you should ask."

NEUMEYER: " I'm told that most of the large, successful hospitals across the country are building these kinds of specialty centers on their campuses to better serve patients and improve their own income pictures.

It's a strategy that is certainly causing the Lutheran property off West Jefferson Boulevard to boom.

Lutheran has more than a quarter-billion dollars invested in the sprawling complex, that now features a magnet for cancer care too.

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