Topping Off Ceremony Marks Construction Milestone For HoCC
A traditional topping off ceremony at the construction site of The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s new $40 million cancer center was held July 10, marking placement of the last piece of steel into the center’s top.
The construction milestone was highlighted with remembrance of HOCC employee Pat Hamel, who died in May. As the steel beam was turned for placement in front of attendees, who included Hamel’s family, politicians and hospital staff members, they saw a posted inscription saying, “In memory of our friend and colleague, Pat Hamel, July10th, 2013.”
Hamel was an HOCC construction coordinator and instrumental in finalizing the cancer center’s design. He had previously been director of Plant Operations and Maintenance at HOCC for more than 30 years.
The nearly 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art cancer center is being built on over nine acres on the New Britain/Plainville line. TBI Construction, LLC is building the cancer center. The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s new $40 million state-of-the-art cancer center will consolidate outpatient services in one convenient location and allow for future expansion of cancer care.
The ceremony also marked transition to the next construction phase, namely making the building weather-tight before winter, when interior construction can continue. The cancer center is expected to open by early 2015.
The new center, to include an atrium, will house the hospital’s George Bray Cancer Center, the American Savings Foundation Radiation Therapy Treatment Center and related cancer services. A medical office building will be built adjacent to the atrium and owned by The Tomasso Group. The cancer center will offer centralized care that will encompass all outpatient areas of cancer care — treatment, detection, prevention, support and research. HOCC provides advanced programs in breast, colon, gynecologic, lung, and prostate cancers.
The center will comprise diagnostic services like MRI and PET-CT scans (to be housed in medical office building); infusion (chemo) therapy; radiation therapy, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), brachytherapy and Novalis radiosurgery; clinical research; genetic counseling and testing. The center will also include physician offices.
The hospital is launching a multi-million dollar fund-raising campaign to help cover building and related costs. In addition to philanthropy, project support includes a state-funded $5 million grant, part of which will go toward HOCC’s oncology services.
In 2011 the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons granted the hospital’s Cancer Center three-year accreditation with commendation. In addition, the hospital’s comprehensive breast program recently became the first such program in Connecticut to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™ Program.