Virtua officials and supporters gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the grand opening of the new Virtua Samson Cancer Center in Moorestown.
The new 48,000-square-foot facility in the Moorestown Commons shopping plaza across from Virtua’s Health and Wellness Center will open to patients in November, with new practices and services getting up and running in phases throughout the months ahead.
“Community is at the core of our mission and we’re here tonight because of our community,” said Dennis Pullin, president and CEO of Virtua.
Construction on the new cancer center began in mid-2017, but planning for the facility began long before. Stephanie Fendrick, Virtua senior vice president and chief strategy officer, said the health system has provided cancer services in its hospitals, but the goal of the new facility was to improve the access and experiences for patients
We really wanted to create a place in the community where all the services were conveniently located under one roof and that was very patient-friendly and offered a caring environment for clinical service to be provided but also holistic services that looked at the whole patient and took care of their emotional needs and supported their family through their journey,” Fendrick said.
That makes a big difference for patients, said David Kindlick, chair of the Virtua Board of Trustees, recalling his own experience going through radiation.
“The thing you learn is that when you’re going through your treatments, whether it be chemo or radiation, it’s a grind. You have to just grind it out. The one day and then the next day and the next day,” he said. “Having a facility right here in town that people can come to without having to take a long ride, that people can trust ... is just a terrific thing.”