LEBANON, PA – The Good Samaritan Hospital has been awarded a $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of expanding cancer care services in Lebanon County, including a new building to centralize cancer services.
“We are delighted to receive news about the grant,” said Good Samaritan President and CEO Robert J. Longo. “For the last several years, we have been planning on how to better serve cancer patients in Lebanon County. By creating an integrated cancer center, we can meet the needs of each patient in one convenient location.”
“We thank all of our elected officials who made this grant possible. We thank Governor Tom Corbett and his staff for taking the time to understand our community needs. We applaud our local legislators Sen. Mike Folmer, Rep. RoseMarie Swanger, and Rep. Mauree Gingrich for their tireless support on behalf of The Good Samaritan Hospital and our patients. This grant represents critical funding that will enable us to move the project forward.”
Although the cancer care project has been in a planning stage, Good Samaritan has already received significant community support for a modern cancer center. “Under the leadership of owner Scott Sechler, the Bell & Evans company has committed $2 million as the lead donor for a new cancer center. We have been humbled by their generosity and passion for providing the best care possible to their friends and neighbors throughout the county.”
The cancer center project will have a significant impact on Lebanon County. The $12 million project will generate 47 construction and affiliated support positions. When operational, the new center will provide 66 full-time equivalent jobs that will add $4.4 million of payroll to the region. The associated economic impact of the center is projected to be in the tens of millions of dollars.
With this critical funding grant in place, the Good Samaritan Health System will be preparing a formal announcement about the cancer program and center in early 2014. The formal announcement will include more details about the project and the future of the cancer care services for Lebanon County.
About Good Samaritan Health System
For 124 years, the Good Samaritan Health System (www.gshleb.org) has served the health care needs of Lebanon County. The Good Samaritan Hospital is a modern, fully-equipped, fully-accredited 172-bed acute care facility that offers complete inpatient and outpatient care, as well as an inpatient rehabilitation program. The Good Samaritan Health System also provides services at many other sites located throughout Lebanon County.