Nov 12, 2009 -
MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT -Eastern Connecticut Health Network's (ECHN) new, state-of-the-art cancer center, expected to be completed by the summer of 2010, will be named in honor of the late John A. DeQuattro. Mr. DeQuattro, a former chair of the ECHN Board of Trustees, worked for over a quarter century to enrich the lives of area residents by enhancing and improving the medical services available to them.
"It was always Jack's goal to bring comprehensive cancer services east of the river. The expansion of this goal would have been his vision," stated Valerie DeQuattro, John's widow. "We are honored as a family to have this new center bear his name."
The future Cancer Center will be a 30,000 square-foot, two-story facility, located on the campus of Manchester Memorial Hospital, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cancer. It is being built to accommodate two linear accelerators with the opportunity to add a third linear accelerator and a future PET/CT scanner. Medical oncology services will be offered at the center, as well as patient navigators and all other cancer support services.
The entire facility, as well as its public spaces, will be designed to promote a calm and healing environment, including a greenhouse. "We want our patients to have a unique experience upon entering the center in addition to the expert care they will receive," says Peter J. Karl, President & CEO of ECHN. "In keeping with this plan, we are going to build a greenhouse off the lobby, which will provide a setting that is tranquil and exemplifies a place of healing."
Construction of the building began in February 2009 and is targeted for completion in May 2010, with a planned opening in July.