PEORIA (HOI) -- An OSF HealthCare project to make Peoria a destination for cancer treatment has received state approval.
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved an OSF HealthCare application to begin construction of the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The $237-million project "will depend on philanthropic fundraising efforts" with a goal to start the first round of treatments in 2023, Shelli Dankoff of OSF HealthCare said in a statement Tuesday.
“This destination cancer center will allow OSF HealthCare to bring together clinicians and technology, and enable us to connect across our Ministry to improve the lives of those we serve. We are thrilled with the approval by the Review Board and look forward to the ongoing efforts to bring this center to fruition,” said Bob Sehring, CEO, OSF HealthCare.
According to OSF, Illinois ranks No. 7 in the country for cancer cases, with downstate Illinois expected to see 10,000 new cancer cases per year.
The comprehensive cancer center will feature patient education and support spaces, an infusion center, and a full range of cancer-related services, including proton beam therapy and brachytherapy.
The proton beam will be just the second in Illinois, and one of only 32 centers currently in North America treating patients, according to OSF.