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Why is CAMC building a new, stand-alone outpatient cancer center?


Charleston Area Medical Center is the largest health care provider in West Virginia. As a non-profit hospital system, we provide over $170 million annually in community benefits, largely through charity care at cost and unreimbursed medical services to the community

  • CAMC has the busiest cancer center in West Virginia - we have more new patients each year and more research protocols than any other hospital in the state.
  • The number of patients seen at the David Lee Cancer Center has increased from 17,962 in 2004 to 30,366 in 2009, and is estimated to reach 34,000 by 2017.
  • Oncology patient volume at CAMC will experience significant growth in the years ahead, largely due to our state's aging population and concentration of Baby Boomers.
  • Two new oncologists have been hired, and one more is expected by 2013 to meet patient need, but there is no additional office space or patient treatment space in the current facility.
  • We need to be able to continue to attract and retain the best medical talent in oncology, a field that will nationally see an increased visit demand of 48 percent by 2020 with only an increased visit capacity of 14 percent.
  • In 2010, CAMC was ranked 56 out of 351 hospitals in the nation for the quality of our cancer care services by the Delta Group, the nation's largest privately-held health care information services company.
  • Total project cost is estimated at $39 million to be shared between fundraising through the CAMC Foundation and financing from CAMC.
  • The new cancer center will be located on the old Watt Powell Park site.
  • The new center will improve our ability to participate in national research protocols and to collaborate with WVU and others across the state.


  • Nationwide, men now have a 1 in 2 chance of developing cancer and women have a 1 in 3 chance.
  • The new center will move many cancer patients off-site, creating significantly more capacity for other services on the Memorial Hospital campus.
  • We will have the ability to provide regular multi-disciplinary clinics in one location to streamline both diagnosis and treatment.
  • Many cancer and cancer-related services will be more effectively and efficiently served by the new center including: radiation oncology, medical oncology, oncological surgery office space, clinical trials and an infusion center.
  • Patient wait times will be cut in half.
  • Increased clinical services will include:
    • More infusion bays to meet the projected increases in patient volume
    • Four new linear accelerator vaults.
    • Significant increase in physician offices and exam rooms
  • The center will allow for improved patient experience through:
    • An open, light-filled environment
    • Multiple, comfortable waiting areas
    • Family and community meeting space
    • Patient Reference Library
    • Coffee shop and/or café
    • Wig and prosthesis shop
    • Healing Garden
    • Soothing atmosphere that will imbue the center with "life"