LEBANON, PA – The Good Samaritan Hospital unveiled plans today for a new Cancer Care Center that will deliver integrated cancer care – a comprehensive mix of clinical and other support services – that will enable patients to receive services in their home town with fewer visits. Event highlights included special remarks by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, the unveiling of the cancer center rendering, and recognition of major donors to the project.
Improving Public Health and Local Economy
Governor Corbett noted that the center goes well beyond a typical economic development project. “We have the ability to bring medical care to people, rather than make those who are ill leave their communities in search of treatment,” Corbett said. “Along with creating 75 good-paying jobs and an annual $3 million in regional economic impact, the center will, most importantly, fill a public health need in this community.”
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania awarded The Good Samaritan Hospital a $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for the purpose of expanding cancer care services in Lebanon County, including a new building.
The $13 million project will generate many temporary construction and affiliated support positions. When operational, the new center will provide 75 full and part-time 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 over time.
“We thank all of our elected officials who made this grant possible,” said Robert J. Longo, president and CEO, Good Samaritan Health System. “We thank Governor Tom Corbett and his staff for carefully considering our community health needs. We salute our local legislators Sen. Mike Folmer, Rep. RoseMarie Swanger, and Rep. Mauree Gingrich for their efforts on behalf of The Good Samaritan Hospital and our patients. This grant represents critical funding that will enable us to move the project forward.”
Center Name Recognizes Key Donor
“We are pleased to announce that the project will be named the Sechler Family Cancer Center,” Longo said. “Under the leadership of owner Scott Sechler and his family, 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.”
A public capital campaign will begin soon to enable those who are interested in cancer care to make a donation to benefit patients in Lebanon County. Good Samaritan has also received donations from throughout the community.
About the Sechler Family Cancer Center
The Sechler Family Cancer Center will make the dream of integrated cancer care a reality in Lebanon County and positively impact the lives of cancer patients in the Lebanon community for years to come. The 21,000 square foot, single story facility will provide chemotherapy, infusion therapy and the latest radiation treatment in one location. The facility will also house physician offices, laboratory services, a pharmacy, social worker, dietician, and spiritual center to provide added convenience for our patients.
An integrated cancer care is needed in Lebanon County:
- Over age 50, the chances of being diagnosed with cancer double.
- Approximately 500 Lebanon County adults will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year.
- Nearly 44 percent of men and 38 percent of women will develop cancer in their lifetimes.
- In the first year of diagnosis, cancer patients on average have up to 80 physician visits, treatments, lab and pharmacy stops and other associated visits.
The new cancer center will allow Good Samaritan to add the latest radiation therapy to its cancer treatment program which is ranked in the top 1% of cancer care practices in the state and one of only nine practices in Pennsylvania to be certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
“We are very excited to announce the building of our integrated cancer center,” Longo said. “We already have one of the best medical oncology/hematology programs in the state. With the addition of Good Samaritan’s Sechler Family Cancer Center, we will have the ability to provide the most needed high-quality cancer treatments and a caring team of specially trained staff all in one location.”
About Good Samaritan Health System
For 125 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.