JHCC foundation raises $5.1 million for Concession Street centre
The Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation was looking to raise $5 million to build and equip the new CIBC Breast Assessment Centre.
Today (Monday) the foundation announced it has raised $5.1 million and completed the campaign.
“We’re very excited,” said Roger Ali, vice president of development at the JHCC foundation, who noted most of the money comes from individuals plus support from the business community and other groups. “We had thousands of individual donors.”
Work on the new centre, originally slated to begin in May, got going about two weeks ago and should take about 11 months to complete.
“This did not get any government funding because it’s a renovation of an existing space,” Ali said. “This was 100 percent donations.”
Located at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre in the area that once housed the emergency department at the former Henderson General Hospital on Concession Street, the new centre will have a street-level entrance and the main portion of the 8,500 square-foot facility will be below ground.
The centre is being touted as the most comprehensive assessment facility of its kind in the area that will provide fast access to a variety of diagnostic services to women of all ages.
By combining surgeons with experts in radiology and pathology, the centre will provide all necessary examinations and testing for breast cancer patients in a single visit.
Patients can expect a final diagnosis and a treatment plan, if required, in five days.
All of this is expected to speed up early detection of breast cancer, particularly for young women, and allow for treatment to begin sooner.
The centre is forecast to handle more than 10,000 patient visits each year.
It will serve women with breast abnormalities that are found during screening, women with breast cancer symptoms, women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer and women who have been previously treated for the disease.