The Piedmont Columbus Regional Foundation hosted Wednesday afternoon an expansion and renovation event to celebrate the completion of Phase I of the expansion of the John B. Amos Cancer Center, which includes the addition of a 48,000-square-foot adjoining building.
The Phase I expansion includes the addition of 13 exams rooms and 21 chemotherapy infusion chairs for patients and a medical oncology suite, named in honor of Dr. Andrew Pippas, medical director of the John B. Amos Cancer Center.
“The John B. Amos Cancer Center has provided expertise in the direct care of our patients with superb infusion, radiation oncology and supportive services. The expansion and renovation will further enhance these capabilities and, more importantly, complete the full continuum of care: prevention, screening and diagnosis, treatment, long-term care and survivorship,” Pippas said in a news release.
The event also helped launch the public portion of a capital campaign to raise funds to renovate the existing facility and purchase next-generation technology. The capital campaign is being co-chaired by Dan and Wanda Amos, the nephew and daughter-in-law of the late John B. Amos
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“To date, a total of $13.8 million has been raised towards a ‘stretch goal’ of $20 million. The total cost of the project is $42.9 million and, of that, $20 million for the 48,000 square-foot new construction is being funded through hospital capital. However, the renovation of the existing center and investment in ‘next generation’ technology is 100 percent dependent upon philanthropy and the generous support of our community. We believe our patients deserve nothing less,” Bill Tustin, vice president of Oncology Services at Piedmont Columbus Regional, said in a news release.