The local papers reported barely a dry eye in the audience that celebrated Saturday’s community opening day of the $30 million SWRCC in Ryot St Warrnambool.
The cancer centre is the culmination of more than seven years of community fundraising begun by Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie following the death of her husband Peter.
Hundreds of locals toured the centre following the unveiling of the plaque and speeches by Ms Jellie and the Hon Dennis Napthine to thank the community for their dogged fundraising efforts and emotional support of each other as they waited patiently for the government to agree to establish a centre here.
A massive $5 million was raised by the South West community through the Peter’s Project Foundation that combined with a $15 million contribution from State Government and $10 million from Federal Government to make the centre a reality.
The South West Regional Cancer Centre will be run by Epworth HealthCare in conjunction with South West Health and South West Oncology. It will cater to the communities of Victoria’s south west including Portland, Hamilton and as far west as Mount Gambier.
The integrated cancer centre will deliver radiation therapy and chemotherapy under the one roof. It features a relaxed and warm clinical environment with landscaped gardens and the work of local artists.
Epworth Radiation Oncology Director of Operations Paul Fenton also paid tribute to the community and said that the centre provides compassion and dignity to cancer sufferers while bringing technology closer to them.
“This important facility will help deliver treatment that will save lives. With the first treatments starting this week, we are counting on being able to treated 500 patients each year,” Mr Fenton said.
South West Health have relocated staff and patients from their facility across the road to operate the centre’s chemotherapy unit.
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