Groundbreaking for new cancer center

Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) held a formal groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday for a new state-of-the-art Cancer Center, Women’s Imaging Center and Medical Office Building that will be known as the Southside Regional Medical Arts Pavilion. The center will be located on SRMC’s main campus at 200 Medical Park Blvd., Petersburg.

The two-story, 32,500 sq. ft. medical building is set to open August, 2013.

“Today is a great day for our community,” said David Penberthy, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncologist and platform speaker. “The new center will be a major resource in our community.”

Southside Regional Medical Center moved to its new location from 801 South Adams St. in 2008. The Cancer Center did not move with the replacement hospital because the cancer center was a relatively new wing to the old hospital. While the cancer center has been fully operational at its original location on Adams Street, plans included a new state-of-the-art center to be constructed and opened on the hospital’s main campus on Medical Park Boulevard in 2013.

Dr. Penberthy was thrilled to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony.  He gave a little history of the existing cancer center and when it opened 23 years ago with a staff of four.  He is very excited about the latest technology that will be installed at the new center but said, “As much as I love technology… [treatment is] a deeply human endeavor. 

It is really all about the people. Oncology care is a team effort.”  Patient care in the new center will be much improved with being next to the hospital.  “This will be a major resource in our community.  I cannot wait to walk through its doors.”

Southside Regional Medical Center, a Community Health Systems hospital, has received Accreditation with Commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for 2011 through 2014 for its outstanding cancer care and adherence to national standards and best practices.

Redina Companies, a trusted national leader in full-service healthcare real estate development, was selected as the developer for this Class-A medical office building. Timmons Group, a leader in multi-discipline civil engineering, environmental and geospatial consulting services and Davis Stokes Collaborative, a full-service architectural firm, round out the experienced team engaged on this project.

Joining Dr. Penberthy as platform guests were Michael J. Yungmann, SRMC Chief Executive Officer; Rev. Grady W. Powell, SRMC Board of Trustee member; The Honorable Brian A. Moore, Mayor, City of Petersburg; Todd H. Varney, Executive Vice President; Business Development & Leasing and Richard M. Rendina, Chairman and CEO, Rendina Companies; William A. Young, Jr., SRMC Board of Trustees Chairman; and Lucy Mendoza, SRMC cancer patient. Don Phelps, D. Min; Director, Spiritual Care Services, blessed the site and building team.


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