At CAMC, our mission is clear, "Striving to provide the best health care to every patient, every day." Fulfilling this mission means not only reacting to immediate need, but also anticipating, preparing and planning to meet our patients' medical needs both now and in the future. CAMC treats more cancer patients that any other hospital in West Virginia. The number of patients seen at the current David Lee Cancer Center (outpatient) increased almost 60 percent from 2004 to 2008.The increase is estimated to reach 34,000 by 2017 given West Virginia's aging population. To meet the soaring patient need, two new oncologists joined CAMC in July 2010, and an additional oncologist is scheduled to arrive in 2012. The cancer center space is now extremely limited, and cancer services are currently scattered across multiple campuses at CAMC. Patients have to travel and coordinate services between several different offices because of constrained space. There is a tremendous need to build and equip a freestanding cancer center to accommodate the increasing number of cancer patients seeking care at CAMC and the increase in the number of oncologists and services needed for this population.
"I've been at the David Lee Cancer Center for 10 years now, and I've been so impressed with every person from the doctors to the nurses to the receptionists. Everyone there is family to me. The people are great, but it's crowded. Building the new cancer center and making more space for these treatments will make a huge difference." - In memoriam Olivia Turner, Patient