When dealing with cancer, it's important to have the most advanced services close to home.
That's why Mercy Medical Center in Williston has expanded the Cancer Center to best serve the growing community.
The Leonard P. Nelson Cancer Center raised $2.5 million dollars locally, to which manager Bob Beery says it speaks volumes about community support of the program.
The remaining $4.5 million was funded by the Helmsley Trust.
The $6 million dollar expansion includes a new linear accelerator which allows radiation treatment to be focused on the tumor and minimize healthy tissue damage.
The medical oncology treatment center saw an increase from 37-hundred patients to nearly 43-hundred patients in one year.
The new infusion center has 13 chairs and 4 exam rooms --- more than double the availability of the previous center.
Beery says it was important to move the cancer center to the ground floor for patient access.
The Leonard P. Nelson Cancer Center was established in 1996 and continues to be the leading provider of oncology services in a 100 mile radius.