Construction workers continued final preparations for the newly renovated wing for the Allegan General Hospital Cancer Care and Infusion Center.

Newly renovated hospital wing to celebrate with open house

By: 
Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

A public open house for the Cancer Care and Infusion Center will be Thursday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. presented by the Allegan Chamber of Commerce as a “5:01 event.” 

More than a year of reorganizing offices and services within Allegan General Hospital has allowed it to create a new Cancer Care and Infusion Center on the main level.
 
“It’s going to be wonderful,” said infusion center manager Jill Krcatovich. “The hospital’s been providing chemotherapy since 1976, but this will be the first time the oncologist will in the same space as the nurses providing treatment. It will enhance communication and patient safety.”
 
The newly renovated 2,665-square-foot wing will open at the end of April. It was designed to offer patients more comfort, convenience, privacy and efficiency of care.
 
The area is also designed to be more accessible and private for patients and enhance efficiency for staff. Instead of being dispersed throughout the hospital, everything needed for infusions of chemotherapy and other outpatient medications will be in one circular wing.
 
At a price tag of nearly $1 million, Barbini said the wing was made possible by the community for the community.
 
“Perrigo donated $100,000, matched $100,000 that we raised and then gave another $100,000,” Barbini said. “That was a significant contribution.”
 
Krcatovich said her first notes on the project were in 2009.
 
“That’s when we started deciding which departments to move and arranging finances for it,” she said.
 
 

 

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