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Lakeland Regional Cancer Center Undergoes Expansion, Adds 2 Oncologists

A 27,000-square-foot expansion at the Lakeland Regional Cancer Center began this month and is scheduled for completion in 2011.

The current 36,700-square-foot facility, which is divided between the main campus at 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd. and the office on Parkview Road, will grow to 63,755 with the addition of 26 new exam rooms, a special procedure room, a cytology room and endoscopy suite.

The expansion also will allow all of the center's operations to occur at the same site.

Heery International, the architect of Lakeland Regional Medical Center's new eight-floor patient bed tower, also is handling design of the Cancer Center expansion. Lakeland-based Rodda Construction is the builder.

Lakeland Regional Cancer Center opened in 2003. Its current facility includes, among other things, physician offices, 24 exam rooms, a chemotherapy area, two linear accelerators, a radiation therapy simulator, a pharmacy, a laboratory, a resource library, a boutique and "healing" gardens.

The current staff of 11 oncologists will increase by two this year, says Cindy Sternlicht of Lakeland Regional Medical Center. A surgical oncologist will join the staff in May, and a urological oncologist will be added in August.

More oncologists could be added in the future, Sternlicht says.

Writer: Carter Gaddis
Source: Cindy Sternlicht, Lakeland Regional Medical Center

Read more articles by Carter Gaddis.

Carter Gaddis is a feature writer at 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.
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