Charleston Area Medical Center has released its final rendering for its soon-to-be-built cancer center in Kanawha City.
CAMC Foundation president Gail Pitchford sent an email to hospital system employees Friday morning, thanking them for donating more than $560,000 toward its "Power of Many" campaign, started to raise money for the new center.
"Your commitment kicked off our efforts and showed this community the dedication that the CAMC family has to the true Power of Many," she wrote. "Because of your invaluable support, it is our pleasure to share with you today the exterior rendering of the cancer center to be located in Kanawha City."
The photo-realistic rendering shows the front of the building, mostly covered with large windows. It also features a manicured garden, a patient drop off area and an easily accessible parking lot.
CAMC will build the new cancer center on the old Watt Powell Park property in Kanawha City, just across MacCorkle Avenue from its Memorial Hospital campus. The new facility will replace CAMC's current David Lee Cancer Center, located at Memorial Hospital, which has reached its maximum capacity and needs more space.
Pitchford said earlier this year the new building would feature a garden, cafe and seating areas designed to look more like living rooms than waiting rooms. The center also will feature something CAMC's current campuses do not: free parking.
Earlier this month, CAMC reported nearing its private fundraising goal on the project by accounting for $12 million of the $15 million the foundation hoped to raise privately.
The foundation hoped to close the fundraising campaign by Dec. 31. The hospital plans to break ground in January at the site of the old Watt Powell Park in Kanawha City. Construction is expected to take 18 months, with the building opening its doors in 2014.
The center will cost $39 million in all. The hospital system would foot the bill for the remaining $24 million.
The CAMC board of trustees voted Wednesday to seek proposals from local and national banks for up to $50 million in loans to help finance the hospital system's new cancer center, among other projects.
The vote allowed CAMC to send requests for proposals to all major local banks, along with a few national banks, to see if they are interested in loaning the hospital system money.
Larry Hudson, CAMC's chief financial officer, said the hospital system is pursuing a private loan instead of public bonds because "it's cheaper, it's faster, it's less bureaucratic."