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Construction appears imminent at Spotsy Regional’s cancer center

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

Construction is expected to begin soon on the cancer center at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

Robins & Morton, general contractor for the project, ran a newspaper ad today soliciting bids from subcontractors. Construction of the $6.8 million center could begin this fall.

“Things are starting to move now,” said Jeanne Burkett, spokeswoman.

The 7,300-square-foot center will be located in the Pogonia Medical Arts Building, adjacent to the hospital. The project will include an addition to the office building for a vault for a linear accelerator. The center also will include a CT scanner and a PET scanner.

The new cancer center will be the fifth in the area. Currently, cancer patients who need radiation therapy can be treated at Mary Washington and Stafford hospitals, Culpeper Regional Hospital and the Mid-Rivers Cancer Center in Montross.

Spotsylvania Regional received state permission to open a cancer center in April 2010. The hospital predicted then that the center would open in 2011, but the project has been delayed. Opening is now projected for 2013.