More than 25 years ago Thibodaux Regional Health System made a strong commitment
to provide the best cancer care possible to the people of the Bayou Region.
That commitment continues today as Thibodaux Regional breaks ground on
a new four story, 80,000 square foot cancer care facility. Hospital staff,
physicians, cancer survivors, patients, local and state elected officials,
business leaders and community members gathered for the official ceremony.
“The construction of the new Cancer Institute marks another milestone
in the history of Thibodaux Regional and our cancer program,” said
Greg Stock, Thibodaux Regional Health System CEO. “We are excited
to build a premier facility that will continue to provide patients with
high quality cancer care close to home.”
The new state-of-the-art Cancer Institute will accommodate the growth that
Thibodaux Regional is experiencing as well as position the health system
for the future of cancer care. Designed with the patient in mind, the
Institute will feature an open design with lots of natural light and soothing
decor that creates a warm and caring healing environment. The innovative
and technologically advanced facility will include radiation therapy and
chemotherapy infusion, medical and radiation oncology clinics, clinic
space for visiting oncology specialists, an education center, an activity
center, a library, a diagnostics center, a laboratory, an onsite pharmacy,
a conference center and a chapel. The Cancer Institute will also further
integrate wellness services with the latest treatments, and is an important
element in achieving Thibodaux Regional’s ongoing vision to improve
the health and wellness of the region.
Statistics show Louisiana as having one of the highest incidences and mortality
rates in the country for breast, colorectal, prostate and lung cancers,
which are the most prevalent in the bayou region.
“When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, we have a multidisciplinary
team who work together to ensure every patient receives the best treatment
possible,” continued Stock. “The new Cancer Institute will
help foster greater collaboration and communication among physicians and
care providers to enhance and save lives."
Construction of the new Cancer Institute will begin soon, and will take
approximately 24 months to complete. While the new facility is being built,
patients will continue to receive outstanding care in an adjacent building
that was renovated to accommodate clinic and treatment areas.
Economic impact of construction is estimated to be between $175M - $245M.