$15 million expansion slated for Mercy’s Sister Caritas Cancer Center
SPRINGFIELD – A $15 million expansion of the Sister Mary Caritas Cancer Center here was announced by Mercy Medical Center officials Oct. 25.
Currently a single level 16,000 square-foot facility, the plans call for a two floor addition, adding some 28,000 square-feet of treatment and patient areas.
Officials said construction will begin in the late spring of 2014 and is expected to last into 2015. In addition to this facility expansion, Mercy Medical is also increasing staffing in the cancer treatment center, which opened in 2003.
The Friday announcement coincided with a 90th birthday celebration for Sister of Providence Mary Caritas Geary, for whom the center is named.
Sister Caritas is the former president of Mercy Hospital. During her tenure from 1977 to 1993, Sister Caritas was instrumental in the creation of programs such as the Mercy Internal Medicine Service and Health Care for the Homeless. She also served as a longtime advocate for the development of a comprehensive cancer center. The Sister Caritas Cancer Center was later named in her honor.
Sister Caritas also championed the creation of Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital on the Mercy campus. Additionally, Sister Caritas has served as president of the Holyoke-based Sisters of Providence congregation. In 2002, the Catholic Health Association of the United States presented Sister Caritas with the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her lifelong service to Catholic health ministry.