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      New cancer center in the works for Amarillo

      T he Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center is looking to expand. Community leaders say the expansion will bring to our region a state-of-the-art cancer center that will match its world class equipment and care.

      In Tuesday's press conference, officials announced the plans for that new facility. A $1 million dollar donation from the Ware family and Amarillo National Bank launched the capital campaign. The "Power of One" campaign, is looking to raise $25 million dollars for the new center.

      An artists rendering for the new treatment facility was also unveiled at the conference. The 110,000 square foot treatment facility will be located between the Harrington Cancer Center and BSA Hospital. It will accommodate new technologies and equipment, while also providing improved patient access, privacy and comfort.

      Dr. Howard Batson, First Baptist Church, Monsignor Joseph Tash, St. Thomas Catholic Church, Sharon Oeschger, Vice President/Secretary of Jack B. Kelley Inc., will serve as honorary co-chairs of the $25 million capitol drive.

      The leadership of the Cancer Center recognizes that this region will see an increasing number of patients, particularly as the baby-boomers reach the age of 65 and beyond. In order to meet the projected growth the new facility will provide increased patient care for radiation therapy, medical oncology, hematology clinics, and chemotherapy infusion.

      Officials say the original HCC has outlived its time, but its not going away, it will undergo renovations to restore the building to its original glory. The center will remain in service to provide meeting rooms, including the amphitheater which is still frequently used, and office space for the business offices. Tumor registry, clinical trials, support services, and administration will also still be located in the original facility.

      The Power of One campaign will involve donors from all five states served by the Harrington Cancer Center. Donations of all sizes from individuals, families, foundations, and corporations are welcomed and encouraged.