Demolition of the Spinning Wheel restaurant on Ogden Avenue is slated to begin this fall to make way for a $48 million cancer center to be operated by Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist Lagrange hospitals.
The two-story Hinsdale Adventist Cancer Institute will have 54,000 square feet on a site near Ogden Avenue and the North-South Tollway.
It will have 18 private treatment rooms, five open patient bays, imaging services including general imaging and mammography, 21 patient rooms, and two linear accelerators that are used in radiation treatment to deliver high energy x-rays to a tumor. The center will have a staff of 100 and house two medical oncology groups.
The Hinsdale Village Board recently gave approval to the plans for the new center.
Kathy Hall, executive director of Oncology Services at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist LaGrange hospitals, said construction of the new facility is expected to take about a year and a half. An exact date for demolition to begin has not yet been set, she said.
She said the community-based center will "host a cadre of physicians, all under one roof."
She said the focus of the center will be on providing services to patients. There will be valet service at the front door, and physicians and other staff will come to the patient rather than the patients going to them.
"The flow of the center will be on the patient," she said. "The services will come to the patient."
She said the approach will result in a more synthesized approach to treating cancer patients who frequently have appointments in different places and with different professionals including primary doctors, and specialists and for lab tests, radiology and other services.
"There's a lot of running around," she said. "It's fragmented care."
Cancer patients also are living longer than in the past. Hall said they continue to live, go to school, work, and raise families as they cope with their illness. The more positive outlook for living with the illness over time also has prompted a need for outpatient services that the new center is expected to answer.
"It used to be a terminal diagnosis," she said. "For many people it has become a chronic illness. It's a disruptive situation that they have to move beyond."
The benefit to patients of a community-based cancer center "is that when you feel vulnerable you're close to home."
The services offered at the center will include diagnostics, chemotherapy, radiation, surgical consultation, phlebotomy, massage therapy, rehabilitation, counseling and a chaplain. Hall said the center will employ navigators who will help patients navigate the facility, and their care, as well as social workers and genetic counselors.