CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island, Nebraska, unveiled the CHI Health Regional Cancer Center—the culmination of a 10-year vision of St. Francis to offer a state-of-the-art cancer center. The largest, most up-to-date cancer center in Nebraska outside of Omaha, Grand Island now leverages its status as a cancer care and research hub to become a regional medical facility serving as the cancer care and clinical research center of excellence for a much bigger region, including not only Central Nebraska but also northern Kansas, southwestern Iowa and more.
The New Facility: Advanced Center in Nebraska
Under construction for the past 17 months, the 41,000 square foot facility will be the center of an open house on January 4th. The facility will include a new TrueBeam linear accelerator that, according to Oncology Director Doug Clark, will help the team there beat cancer. Possessing many of the standard amenities associated with modern cancer centers, the provider prides itself on the modern design and lots of space for patients and staff, reports the Grand Island Independent.
Award-Winning Clinical Research as a Care Option in Central Nebraska
As residents in this part of America battle cancer, CHI St. Francis offers not only standard care but also the most advanced, cutting-edge experimental options. It can make a difference between life and death. Dr. Ryan Ramaekers noted recently that St. Francis’ “award-winning clinical trial program is unmatched for a program of our size and is currently bigger and better than it has ever been.” In fact, just recently CHI St. Francis oncologists were honored by the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Ramaekers and Dr. David Crockett were recognized for their dedication in conducting clinical trials, including their track record for high quality care, earning their institution a NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Certificate of Excellence. In fact, Dr. Ramaekers received a gold and Dr. Crockett a silver—both for patient enrollments in NCI-based treatment and cancer control trials from August 2018 through April 2019.
Cancer Research & Clinical Trials at CHI St. Francis
CHI Health St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center operates via the Catholic Health Initiatives for Research (CIRI) Oncology Research Alliance (CORA). They are a member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Oncology Research Program (NCORP). Participation in NCORP opens up their patients to cancer prevention, control, screening, post-treatment surveillance clinical trials conducted by NCORP and to NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) treatment, imaging, and quality of trials. CHI St. Francis patients that participate in these clinical trials play an active role in their own health, gain access to CHI Health active clinical trials. Moreover, CHI St. Francis has developed strategic partnerships with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University and, of course, the NCI—all leading to a more dynamic and integrated cancer research infrastructure serving patients in need.
Who is CHI (Catholic Health Initiative)?
A dynamic faith-based health system, CHI Health has over 400 providers, 14 hospitals and 150 locations serving residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas. Founded in 1996, the non-profit health organization is based in Omaha, Nebraska. It is part of the much larger, nationwide Catholic Health Initiative (CHI). In 2018, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) received approval from the Catholic Church through the Vatican to merge. When completed, the new merged network will be known as Common Spirit Health—making it the largest non-profit hospital system in the United States based on revenue.
Nationwide, the combined groups that make up CHI totals 101 hospitals and more than 30 critical-access facilities around 18 dates and 90,000 employees.
Lead Research/Investigator CHI Health St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center
Dr. Ryan Ramaekers
Call to Action: Do you or a loved one have a cancer diagnoses and live in Nebraska, southwest Iowa or northern Kansas? Consider an appointment with CHI St. Francis.