Lancaster General Health reached another milestone Monday, Aug. 27, with the “topping out” ceremony for the new Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. The placement of the last beam marks another milestone in the center’s construction—and it means it is less than a year away from welcoming the first patients.
We’re excited about bringing this state-of-the art center to Lancaster County to better serve the community, and we’ve named the new center for Ann B. Barshinger to recognize her generous $5 million gift. This is among the largest donations ever made to LG Health.
We’ve also received other generous gifts to make this center possible—from the United Auxiliaries of Lancaster General Hospital, James and Sally Saxton, Suzanne H. Arnold, Ronald Schrotberger, the Steinman Foundations, and Dr. James and Tasia Argires.
To date, more than 523 donors have committed $18 million in community support for this project at the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion. And to show our appreciation for the ongoing support of the cancer center campaign, we welcomed donors, patients, and staff to sign the center’s final steel beam before it was lifted and placed in the building during the ceremony. More than 700 signatures will live on in the building.
When the center opens next summer, it will offer patients advanced technology and a team of cancer specialists working together in one, centralized location to integrate care. They’ll also have access to existing services, including the Suzanne H. Arnold Center for Breast Health.
Among the two-story, 70,000-square-foot center’s features is a radiation wing with the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies which will include Cyberknife® technology, which is a non-invasive alternative to surgery to treat cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body.
Other amenities include suites for infusion and chemotherapy, a conference and education center, an interior meditation area overlooking a healing garden, survivorship and support services, and an image recovery center with custom-made wigs, hats, scarves and reconstruction products.
Why did we have a “topping out” ceremony? The practice can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits of their ancestors that had been displaced.
The center was designed by Ballinger Architects with Benchmark Construction Company, Inc., as the construction manager.