Community Invited to Tour Cheyenne Regional’s New Cancer Center

January 2014

Cheyenne, WY—An open house for Cheyenne Regional’s new cancer center will be held January 16, 5 to 7 p.m. The center is located at 310 East 24th Street, north of the hospital’s patient tower.

Community members should enter through the west doors. Tours will begin in the center’s first-floor lobby.
“With the new center, all cancer-related care—including physician appointments, lab work, radiation oncology treatments, chemotherapy and infusions—will take place under one roof,” said Tammy Thiede, Cheyenne Regional’s director of oncology services.
“We have always focused on patient-centered care. But it can be difficult for patients to have to travel back and forth across town to keep appointments and receive that care,” Thiede said. “Having all our services in one place is going to alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress for our patients and their families.”
“The center’s design was based on input from physicians, clinical staff, community members and professional designers,” said Joe Evans, president of Cheyenne Regional’s Board of Trustees. “This facility is something our patients, staff and community can take pride it.”

The cancer center is more than 40,000 square feet and consists of two floors, including:

  • A new state-of-the art linear accelerator for treatment and a CT scanner for treatment planning
  • An ambulatory infusion center with 23 treatment chairs and two private rooms
  • Rooms designated for massage and lymphedema therapy, meditation/yoga and support groups as well as nutrition, social work and chaplain consultations
  • A boutique for wig- and hat-fitting stations and private dressing rooms for breast prosthesis fittings
  • A library with computerized and bound educational materials for the use of patients and family members
  • A bridge connecting the main hospital to the new center for inpatients with cancer who require radiation treatment
  • A healing garden and historic square designed to enhance the look and feel of the center for patients, family members and the surrounding neighborhood
  • Three stone fireplaces, two balconies and several patios

The center will open for patient care on January 27, although patients will continue to receive radiation oncology treatments in the main hospital building for several more weeks.

“We plan to move the TomoTherapy machine in February or March. The move will be timed to ensure there is no impact to patients who are being treated,” Thiede said.

Staff training on the new linear accelerator and CT scanner will also be scheduled in February and possibly March.

Construction on the cancer center started in the summer of 2012. The general contractor was GE Johnson Construction Company. The architect was Davis Partnership Architect, and project management was provided by ADAMS.

To construct, equip and furnish the center cost about $30 million. Construction of the center and the hospital’s new emergency department, which opened in December, was funded by revenue bonds. The Cheyenne Regional Foundation has also raised more than $3 million for the center, with the goal of raising another $7 million.

Cheyenne Regional has treated more than 400 people per year for cancer since 2002.

“So many people in Cheyenne, Laramie County and the surrounding region have been affected by cancer,” Thiede said. “And it’s not just the patients. Families and friends are also impacted. We are grateful to our community, our board of trustees and hospital leadership for making the cancer center a reality.”

Parking for the open house will be available in Cheyenne Regional’s north parking structure. The structure is immediately west of the cancer center. The Wyoming state lot west of the hospital’s main campus will also be available for parking after 5 p.m.