Cancer centre and research institute
Gibbs Cancer Centre and Research Institute began building a $65m facility in Pelham, North Carolina, with an official ground-breaking ceremony held on 17 May 2016.
The cancer centre is being built on the existing Pelham Medical Centre campus and is expected to serve future generations as a community and academic cancer and research centre.
Located near the Greenville-Spartanburg International airport, the cancer centre will be easily accessible to more than five million people in the Greenville-Spartanburg area.
The facility’s construction is expected to be completed by mid-2018.
The cancer centre is named after Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs and was first established in 1999. With 15 years of experience in cancer care and treatment, the centre aims to grow as a world-class destination for cancer care through the Pelham facility.
The centre will be a seven-storey building spread over a 198,000ft² area. It will be connected to Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Pelham Medical Centre Campus, located at 250 Westmoreland Road in Greer.
The facility will house cancer treatment and support services, research, education and a healing environment for cancer patients under one roof.
The existing Gibbs Cancer Centre and Research Institute currently provides services such as multi-disciplinary planning committees to discuss individual patient cases, clinical and translational research, clinical trials for patients, radiation, medical and surgical oncology, and integrative medicine, which includes therapeutic massages and support groups.
It is also equipped with advanced technologies such as the CyberKnife M6 radiosurgery system, the TrueBeam radiotherapy system and the InCise multileaf collimation system.
The new cancer centre will continue these services together with an academic approach to cancer care, clinical, translational and basic research. Gibbs Cancer Centre and Research Institute aims for a potential expansion of these services in future.
Medical teams consisting of multi-disciplinary experts from different specialities will work together at the centre to discuss patients’ healthcare plans and treatment options and provide cutting-edge clinical research services.
The project is expected to contribute to local economic development by generating around $100m for the rapidly growing Greer area.
The Spartanburg Regional Foundation has announced a $65m investment in the project and launched a $15m capital campaign in November 2015 to support the project and help patients diagnosed with cancer.
Gibbs Cancer Care and Research Institute was established on the campus of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. It operates several satellite locations throughout South Carolina’s Upstate region to provide patients in the region with optimal clinical expertise and advanced treatments.
The centre runs under the supervision of a diverse group of professionals all responsible for maintaining and advancing its mission of cancer care.
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