REED CITY — With $800,000 left to be raised in the campaign to fund the project, construction has started on the $8.9 million Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City.

Following a ground-breaking in August, a temporary vault was built north of the current Crossroads Radiation Therapy Center to house a new linear accelerator. Health professionals currently are being trained on the new technology while construction to expand the facility to the south is in progress.

“Its going very well. The installation of the temporary vault went extremely well. There has been absolutely no interruptions for patients,” said Sue Snavely, marketing and public relations manager for the hospital. “Our staff have been parking off-site at Community Mental Health. They’ve been a great neighbor to have.”

Building crews will work through the winter and spring to complete the 9,000 square-foot addition. The new facility is scheduled to be open in the summer and include new state-of-the-art technology will replace existing technology and all phases of cancer diagnosis and treatment will be brought together under one roof.

There are many opportunities for donating to the new center including facility naming opportunities. For more information on how to donate to the new center, contact Christie Carlson, development director of the Spectrum Foundation at Reed City Hospital, at (231) 832-7184.

Look for a full update in an upcoming edition of the Herald Review.