OSF HealthCare planning $237 million cancer center in Peoria’s East Bluff

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PEORIA, Ill. — OSF HealthCare is looking to expand even more.

The healthcare network filed a proposal for a $237 million cancer care center at its Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria’s East Bluff. The Illinois Health Facilities & Services Review Board is set to review the proposal at a Feb. 25, 2020 board meeting.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center would feature various treatment rooms, an infusion center, and other related areas across 180,000 square feet, according to the proposal. Specifically, the center would provide access to a full range of cancer-related services, including Proton Beam Therapy, Brachytherapy, screenings and risk assessments, patient education, and more.

OSF HealthCare is hopeful of establishing a Comprehensive Cancer Center on the campus of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Our application was submitted to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and is expected to be acted on by the Board at its Feb. 25, 2020 meeting. OSF has a vision to establish a Comprehensive Cancer Center that will bring the next generation of cancer treatment to central Illinois, establishing Peoria as the preeminent destination for cancer research, education, prevention, treatment, and survivorship. If approved, and funding is secured, the center will include Proton Beam Therapy, which will be a new cancer treatment therapy for central Illinois, and just the second proton beam center in the state of Illinois. Having Proton Beam Therapy available for those receiving treatment for cancer will reduce treatment times, decrease complications by sparing healthy tissue, reduce side effects and the associated burdens and expense of those effects, and allow for less disruption in patients’ and caregivers’ lives. OSF HealthCare is excited to begin the journey toward establishing a Comprehensive Cancer Center in central Illinois and looks forward to sharing more information when appropriate.

OSF would move its multidisciplinary cancer conference into the new building. The Allied Agencies Building and Infectious Disease Center would be demolished to make room for the building as well. The center would also provide office space and allow its partners to hold clinic days for specific types of cancer.

A 10-story parking deck is also planned, according to the documents.

Leaders said the Comprehensive Cancer Center would be seen as the major cancer expert center between Chicago and St. Louis.

The OSF Healthcare Foundation says bringing this transformative regional health resource to fruition will require extraordinary philanthropy. It plans to raise $100 million to make this dream a reality.

The American Cancer Society weighing in on the application saying the move will put all patients and their care plan first.

Bringing groundbreaking treatement and therapy to Central Illinois is truly an amazing experience that can elimiate, reduce barriers, such as transportation and lodging. Everything from protection /early detection with the potential for all the way into their survivalship is so important to complete that circle. Patients that have barriers removed and increased access to care have a greater likelihood of completing their entire treatment journey.

Courtney Heiser, Health Systems Manager | American Cancer Society | Peoria

Chris Setti with the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council saying the plan has a double impact on our local economy.

First, the constructin jobs alone right? A $237 million complex is going to require a lot of construction. It’s going to have to be staffed though as well, so it’s a huge investment in our community, but it will also bring hundreds, if not thousands of people every year to get that sort of treatment.

Chris Setti, CEO | Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

The new center would potentially open by June 30, 2024.

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