FAYETTE, Ga. (Nov. 13, 2009) - Piedmont Fayette Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11, for its new Cancer Center located on the hospital campus. More than 60 cancer patients and survivors, members of the community task force, hospital board members and executives, elected officials and others were in attendance to celebrate the official groundbreaking.
“We are excited to have finally reached this milestone for the future of oncology services in our community,” said Darrell Cutts, president and CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “Our new Cancer Center will optimize cancer patients’ journeys and outcomes in an environment designed for patient comfort and care.”
The new comprehensive center will further simplify cancer patients’ experiences by bringing a host of oncology services together in one place. PFH conducted a Cancer Menu Survey of 150 local cancer patients as well as caregivers, and through this determined a number of things important to patients, and is using the information to tailor cancer wellness services. Patients were asked to prioritize the importance of wellness programs to them including movement activities such as yoga and Pilates, special events, nutrition education, stress management, support groups, spirituality, expressive arts such as art and music, energy therapies and other potential offerings.
Attendees included Dr. Frank Cole, who is funding the Cole Rainbow Garden, a healing garden to be located adjacent to the Cancer Center, in loving memory of his mother. Dr. Cole’s gift is an example of how the Fayette community can, through their personal giving, meaningfully assure that their cancer center is truly the very best it can be.
“A rainbow is a symbol of God’s promise of mercy and hope. I would like the Cole Rainbow Garden to convey that sense of serenity and peace,” said Dr. Cole.
Piedmont Fayette Hospital is committed to providing the people of Fayette County and surrounding areas with access to the best in cancer services. The Piedmont Cancer Center will streamline treatment for cancer patients by providing access to diagnosis and treatment options to meet their needs through the journey.
For more information about cancer services available at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, visit fayettehospital.org.