CMH Regional Health System’s new $8 million, 18,000 square foot cancer facility will be named the Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center.
Dr. Boyd was an original member of the Clinton Memorial Hospital Medical Staff and dedicated much of his medical career to the fight against cancer. Before retiring in 1990, he helped initiate many of the cancer related programs at the hospital that led to it being accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commissions on Cancer.
The name of the center was announced during naming and groundbreaking ceremonies Saturday, March 4, at Clinton Memorial Hospital, 610 W. Main St., and at the future two-acre site of the cancer center, 31 Farquhar Ave., directly across the street from the hospital.
“We believe the time has come to offer outstanding cancer care close to home,” says Tim Crowley, president and chief executive officer of CMH Regional Health System. “For many years, CMH and its medical staff have provided excellent cancer care, but our responsibility includes a duty to be vigilant, to know when changes must be made, and to have the vision to improve the health of our community.”
The Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center, which will open in February 2007, will bring together a comprehensive range of services, programs and physicians under one roof, easily accessible to all. Cancer center physicians and staff will function as an integrated, multi-disciplinary team rather than single specialists spread across the hospital and oncology offices in the CMH Professional Building. It will allow for the addition of new, leading edge equipment that will eliminate the need for patients to travel out of the area for advanced cancer care.
Site preparation will begin this month with the razing of the two-story apartment building on Main Street, which was formerly owned by Dr. Boyd. CMH allowed the City of Wilmington to use the building for some law enforcement and fire department training exercises during February. Although the new cancer center entrance will be off Farquhar Avenue, it will sit close to the same spot as the former apartment building.
CMH Community Health Services on the corner of Farquhar Avenue and Main Street will be razed later this year as part of the cancer center project. Family planning and prenatal services offered there will be relocated.