The healing power of nature is emphasized throughout Lancaster General Health's new Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, which will hold an open house for the public this Saturday.
The institute's official opening is scheduled for July 8.
The $46 million, two-story, 90,000-square-foot facility is at the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2012 Harrisburg Pike, East Hempfield Township. It will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 29, rain or shine, honoring patients, cancer survivors and their families, and including self-guided tours, yoga, Reiki and Qigong demonstrations.
Philadelphia architectural firm Ballinger designed the institute, and West Earl Township-based Benchmark Construction Company Inc. served as the construction manager. Notable features include the following:
- A distinctive curved layout with a lot of glass and open space.
- A wall of living plants.
- A healing garden landscaped with native plants.
- Diagnostic and treatment options including the first CyberKnife M6 in the nation, a nonsurgical option that LGH says offers "very precise radiation with reduced radiation exposure."
- 31 private and semi-private infusion therapy/chemotherapy suites allowing personalization of treatment areas with music or television, temperature and light.
- An Image Recovery Center providing cosmetic care, hair replacements and post-surgical mastectomy products, and integrated medicine offerings like massage therapy and acupuncture.
- A conference and education center that can seat up to 150 people.
The care team will include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, nurses, nurse navigators, a symptom management nurse practitioner, social workers, a dietitian, a psychologist, a lymphedema therapist, genetic counselors, a chaplain and a financial counselor.
According to a news release, more than 860 community members and LG Health employees committed more than $20 million to support the project, which was named in honor of Ann B. Barshinger's donation of $5 million.
Other generous lead gifts were received from United Auxiliaries to Lancaster General Hospital, James W. and Sally C. Saxton, Suzanne H. Arnold Schrotberger, Ronald D. Schrotberger, The James Hale Steinman Foundation & The John Frederick Steinman Foundation, The Seraph Foundation Inc. and Dr. James and Tasia Argires, LG Health said.
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