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Tour FHN Cancer Center, Meet Caring Team at Sept. 13 Open House

9/13/2012, 5 – 7 p.m.

The public is invited to tour the newly enhanced FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center on the FHN Memorial Hospital campus at a special open house from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

"We're so pleased to be able to open our doors to the community," said Cancer Center Director Sue Hartje. "The support of our former patients, friends and neighbors made these improvements possible, so we hope they'll join in as we celebrate and dedicate our new services and space."

Construction was completed this summer on the Cancer Center's new chemotherapy addition, which provides comfortable, private space for patients as they undergo treatment. A healing garden outside the new chemotherapy addition provides a view of water and light.

The large rock that is a foundation for the garden's water element was quarried locally years ago, and according to FHN Foundation Executive Director Terry Egan, was just waiting for the right project. "The Leonard and Mildred Ferguson Healing Garden is a very special project for the Foundation - at their specific direction, some of our generous donors have provided a natural, beautiful, and peaceful setting that enhances their treatment and aids in the healing process for patients challenged with cancer."

The first phase of the improvements included a new Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) machine and a 4-D CT scanner, which not only provides images in 3-D but also accounts for a patient's breathing and movement during treatment. These additions to the Cancer Center mean that patients no longer need to visit the hospital for detailed planning of their treatment - every step can be done in-house at the Cancer Center.

The FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center has been affiliated with the UW Carbone Cancer Center since 1994. Open house guests will have a chance to meet the Cancer Center's caregiving team. The event is free to attend, and refreshments will be served. For more information about the open house, call the FHN Foundation at 815-599-6900.