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FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center Expands

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FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center Expands

Few things found in nature communicate across cultures throughout the world as well as a beautiful flower. They brighten our days and lift our spirits – and they can be very perseverant. Did you know that a flower will still expand even when the sun
may be in shadow? It blossoms because it needs to, and it grows more vibrant and beautiful out of necessity.

The FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center in Freeport is also expanding. Winter Construction of Freeport is in the process of building an addition that will accommodate eight more treatment stations, with room to spare for future expansion. This is the second phase of a multi-year renovation project at the Cancer Center. The first phase began with the installation of a new linear accelerator in 2010 to bring an advanced form of radiation therapy called VMAT – Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy – to FHN.

For Mark Winter of Winter Construction, this project has taken on considerable importance. Not only did his construction team build the
original Center in 1994, but seven years ago, Mark’s wife Beth was diagnosed with breast cancer. “If it hadn’t been for the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center, we obviously would have driven however far we needed to go,” Mark said. “ Beth and I only lived six blocks away, though, which made treatment so much simpler, and Beth was able to receive excellent treatment every day for six or seven weeks.”

“Beth fell in love with the good people there,” said Mark. “She’s still very vocal about the support she received.” Today Mark proudly hangs two framed photos in his office meeting room. One photo spotlights the original Cancer Center, and the other,
the Center’s original linear accelerator (radiation machine). When asked how Mark felt about adding on to the building he had built so many years ago that would eventually house the friendly staff and state-of-the-art technology that would help Beth overcome breast cancer, he said “I’m always proud to construct buildings, but with this project we’re building so much more!”

“This expansion will enable us to provide our chemotherapy patients a more comfortable, private and peaceful space to receive their treatments,” said Sue Hartje, Center director. “Our patients benefit from receiving their chemotherapy treatments here, close to home, but the demand has been so great that sometimes patients had to undergo treatment in the radiation waiting room area.”

Sharon Summers, FHN Chief Operating Officer, stresses the importance of being able to take care of our community right here at home. “This expansion will allow FHN to better serve our community, and not require our patients who are not feeling well to take long drives to receive their therapy. Our goal is to serve cancer patients’ needs conveniently and comfortably, and keep them close to friends and
family for moral support.”

Along with an expansion of the building, a Healing Garden will be added to the Center. It will be a place for patients to relax, enjoy the environment and find peace. Pavers with messages of inspiration and names in honor of cancer survivors or in memory of loved ones will line the garden. Terry Egan, executive director of the FHN Foundation, has been raising funds for the expansion through paver sales. “These pavers are a great way to support, encourage and remember our loved ones in a beautiful and inspiring atmosphere,”
said Terry. “With your contribution, you will be honoring the courage of those who battle cancer every day with the enhancement of a comforting, healing environment, while supporting their caring providers with new equipment.”

If you’d like to purchase a paver and have your own message etched into it – or otherwise contribute to the renovation project or the Healing Garden – contact the FHN Foundation at 815-599-6900. So the next time you cross a patch of daisies or a bed of manicured roses, don’t just stop and smell the flowers. Take a moment to remember what those flowers went through to become what they are. The FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center and all the staff there are committed to helping their patients continue to blossom too.