A large crowd turned out for the private dedication ceremony of the cancer institute, including Delbert Day and his wife Shirley, and Delbert's son, Ted Day and his wife Kim. In 2011 PCRMC first announced the creation of the Delbert Day Cancer Institute with initial funding coming from Ted and Kim Day.
In Tuesday’s afternoon heat on the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) campus in Rolla, Delbert Day questioned why a dedication ceremony for the new cancer institute in his namesake would be held on such a hot day.
But then he began to think about the heat and its possible correlation with all of the signs around Rolla, showing a thermometer tracking the status of the capital campaign fundraising efforts for the Delbert Day Cancer Institute.
A large crowd turned out for the private dedication ceremony of the cancer institute, including Delbert Day and his wife Shirley, and Delbert’s son, Ted Day and his wife Kim.
In 2011 PCRMC first announced the creation of the Delbert Day Cancer Institute with initial funding coming from Ted and Kim Day.
"It's amazing how far we've come, and we wanted to share with you where we are now as well as actually kick off the construction phase,” said PCRMC CEO John Denbo.
However, before construction starts on the cancer center facility, Denbo explained that first, additional parking at the hospital’s campus is needed. Work to expand parking lots is already taking place.
The total cost for the cancer center is estimated at $32 million, Denbo said, plus there will be additional expenses to pay for equipment.
A capital campaign has raised $6.45 million to date thanks to 345 donors, according to Candace Connell, board president of the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation. The foundation hopes to reach its goal of raising $7 million by the end of this year.
Denbo said the Delbert Day Cancer Institute will be a state-of-the-art, patient-centered cancer facility with all services under one roof.
The goal, he said, is to have a cancer center built with state-of-the-art technology now and that will also have state-of-the-art technology in five to 10 years in a health care field when technology is always changing.
Hospital officials are working with BSA LifeStructures on a design-develop plan for the cancer center. This means that once a certain aspect of the project is designed, hospital officials can begin seeking bids to construct that aspect.
Bids could be sought on various parts of the facility by January or February, and construction could begin in April or May, Denbo said.
Denbo estimates the construction of the cancer center could take about 15 months, meaning the facility could open by the fall of 2016.
For Delbert Day, the establishment of the institute was a dream come true for him. He said the center will provide both short-term and long-term rewards.
“Short-term, the new modern building will have a capacity to treat hundreds of additional cancer patients in the seven counties served by the hospital,” Delbert Day said. “Patients will be treated much closer to home with state-of-the-art equipment by experienced teams of doctors, nurses and technicians.”
“Long-term, additional patients, access to the latest facilities and an opportunity to participate in early stage clinical trials are expected to attract more physicians to this region.”
JoAnn Brand-Hoertel, PCRMC board of trustees president, said Ted and Kim Day made a wonderful contribution to honor Ted’s father, Delbert, with the creation of the cancer institute.
Connell echoed her comments, saying that the cancer center is a “once in a lifetime gift that reflects Delbert’s significant achievements in the medical community.”
“Dad (Delbert) has set an example as a researcher who won’t accept ‘no’ or ‘can’t be done’ as an answer,” said Ted Day.
The 37,000-square-foot cancer center will be connected to the PCRMC Medical Office Building and near the hospital’s north entrance.
The cancer care center will offer services in radiation, therapy, surgery and chemotherapy and also will have access to clinical trials. The top two floors of the four-story building will be left open for possible research opportunities.
The dedication ended with a ceremonial groundbreaking with Delbert and Shirley Day and Ted and Kim Day as well as a blessing of the grounds by Phil Cox, PCRMC chaplain.