Bridgeport Hospital is opening its latest addition in Trumbull Thursday.
"The new Trumbull Radiation Oncology Center at 5520 Park Ave., housed in a new single-story, 10,000-square-foot facility, provides all of the radiation therapy services previously available at Bridgeport Hospital in a centrally located suburban setting just off Exit 47 of the Merritt Parkway," said hospital spokesman John Cappiello.
The ceremony will take place Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.
Hospital President & CEO Bill Jennings, Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst, Bridgeport Hospital Medical Director of Radiation Oncology Dr. Sheida Mani will speak.
Cappiello said the new center is "more spacious than the former radiation therapy quarters at the hospital and will ... allow new services to be added in the coming months, including stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy."
"The Trumbull Radiation Oncology Center is one component of a comprehensive outpatient cancer center planned for the Park Avenue site. Affiliated doctors’ offices are already located in an adjacent building and a third building for additional cancer services is already on the drawing board along with a new parking garage to complement the existing surface parking lot," Cappiello added.
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The Trumbull Radiation Oncology Center is at the meeting point of Trumbull, Bridgeport, Easton and Fairfield.
"The Center is staffed by radiation oncologists from the Yale School of Medicine and an experienced support team, most of whom worked previously in the Radiation Medicine Department at Bridgeport Hospital," according to Cappiello.
Trumbull Economic Development Director Ed Lavernoich praised the project.
"The oncology center will offer a life- saving service with the best technologies and great convenience for the people of this region. Many families of this area that may have previously had to travel out of the region to support and be with their loved ones undergoing treatment, might now be able to support them close to home. This would seem to be important to families that are going through a very difficult time," he said.
"From the economic development perspective, we should appreciate that a major institution is making a large investment in a technology with long term viability. From an employment standpoint and a quality of life standpoint, the entire region will benefit from this project," he added.