Delray Medical Center Unveils New $80M Tower
Delray Medical Center this week will host a ribbon cutting for its new patient tower. The $80 million project has added 96 private patient rooms to the 493-bed hospital, among other features.
The new 120,000-square-foot, four-floor tower has a rooftop helipad and 352 parking spaces. With the newly built structure, the hospital has also expanded services in orthopedics and neurosciences, advanced heart therapies, MRI capabilities, cardiac rehabilitation and other functions.
Private rooms at the new tower at 5352 Linton Blvd. in Delray Beach have 42-inch flat screen TVs, motion-sensor floor lighting and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. They will also come with services such as valet parking.
Its helipad to be placed on the roof will have a dedicated trauma elevator for expedited access to emergency facilities. The hospital says it will result in patients being treated two minutes faster than its current set up.
The ribbon cutting will be held Thursday and the grand opening of the new tower will be July 11.
Proton Therapy Center Lands $81 Million Financing For Delray Beach Facility
For years, hospitals and physician groups have proposed building a proton therapy center in Palm Beach County. Those plans never panned out, presumably because the cancer-treatment centers are prohibitively expensive.
But a plan for a proton therapy center at Tenet Healthcare’s Delray Medical Center remains on track. Proton International of Louisville, Kentucky, this month closed on an $81.3 million bond issue that will pay for the 40,000-square-foot facility, according to a mortgage.
The facility will be open for photon patients in 2018 and proton patients in 2019, Proton International said.
With proton therapy, doctors aim a high-speed stream of positively charged particles at a cancerous tumor. Unlike chemotherapy, which bombards a patient’s body with radiation, protons release more of their energy into the tumor and nowhere else, thus saving healthy tissue.
Seen as a safer alternative to chemotherapy, protons are used to treat tumors of the brain and central nervous system, spine, head and neck, lung, prostate, liver, gastrointestinal tract and colon, and some breast tumors. Because children are especially sensitive to radiation therapy, doctors often use protons to treat juvenile cancer.
In early 2012, Boca Raton Regional Hospital said it would spend $120 million to build a proton center on Glades Road. At the same time, South Florida Radiation Oncology was scouting locations for its own proton facility. Neither project was built.
Source: Palm Beach Post
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