Construction continues on Christiana Care Chadds Ford center

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Construction is under way on a new $23 million health care center for Christiana Care in Chadds Ford, Pa.

Last week, 40 concrete trucks, each carrying more than 20 tons of concrete, poured for the radiation treatment center for cancer patients.

Scheduled to open in January 2014, the center off  Route 202 brings health care services together in one location. Among the specialty services is a radiation oncology treatment center for patients with cancer.

Services include:

• Full-time primary care and OB-GYN physicians and part-time specialists in cardiology, gynecologic oncology, dermatology, and endocrinology.

• Coordinated outpatient cancer care through the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute – radiation therapy, genetic counseling and testing, care management, nurse navigation and National Cancer Institute clinical trials.

• Rehabilitation services – physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology – treating orthopaedic and neurologic conditions and injuries.

• Cardiovascular diagnostic testing – EKG, cardiac and vascular ultrasound, and stress testing with nuclear imaging.

• Diagnostic imaging suite – X-ray, CT, MRI, mammography, and ultrasound.

• Walk-in laboratory testing.

The building has about 70,000 square feet.  Christiana Care plans to occupy about 48,000 square feet when the building opens in January and will have the remainder available for growth.  The new 1,000-square-foot radiation therapy vault is in addition to the building.

Contractor is Wohlsen Construction, of Lancaster, Pa. and New Castle.

Architect is Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects, of Wilmington and Chadds Ford, PA.

Estimated employment is 26, including 16 new jobs, Christiana Care reported.

Christiana Care is completing the first phase of a $210 expansion and renovation program at Wilmington Hospital.

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