Kettering Health plans $8M expansion at Soin

Kettering Health Network’s Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

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Kettering Health Network’s Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Kettering Health Network is planning an $8 million expansion of its Kettering Cancer Care unit at Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, the Dayton-based health system announced Thursday.

Construction is expected to begin in early June on the first phase of the expansion, which will focus on the infusion center for chemotherapy patients at Kettering Cancer Care, which is located at the hospital’s Ollie Davis Pavilion at 3535 Pentagon Boulevard.

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The expanded infusion center, which will double in size to 13,000 square feet, is expected to be completed by October, according to a press release. In addition, the number of clinical exam rooms will more than double from six to 15 after the project is completed to support Kettering Cancer Care’s growing on-site medical oncology team.

The medical team is expected to add two or three new doctors as a result of the oncology expansion, which will result in the addition of six to eight total new jobs, according to a Kettering spokeswoman.

“Because Kettering Cancer Care is experiencing record-breaking volume, network and hospital leaders knew the time was right to enhance our cancer service offerings to residents in the Greene County area,” said Elizabeth Garrison, executive director of cancer services for Kettering Health Network.

Phase two of the expansion will add the latest in radiation therapy technology. An 8,300-square-foot suite will be built that includes a linear accelerator for radiation therapy, as well as a CT simulator and scanner to support the addition of an on-site radiation oncology team.

The radiation oncology addition is expected to be completed by May 2018, creating six to eight new jobs, including an additional radiation oncologist, Kettering said.

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“We are happy to bring more advanced cancer treatment services to our neighbors in Greene County,” said Rick Dodds, president of Soin Medical Center. “The expansion will allow us to continue providing quality service to those patients currently served by, or potentially to be served by, Kettering Cancer Care at Soin, and to maximize the convenience for patients in the eastern and northern regions to receive medical and radiation oncology treatment close to home.”

Greene Medical Foundation will provide a $3 million grant to cover part of the cost of expansion.

“The Foundation believes it is vitally important that we play a role in the reality of this expansion and addition,” said Jeff Brock, president of Greene Medical Foundation. “We want patients to have the latest cancer treatment technology in a nurturing, compassionate environment that supports whole person care.”

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