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Mayo announced $4.9M expansion in La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic announced a $4.9 million expansion project last week at its facility in La Crosse.

The plans call for a 3,900-square-foot expansion and renovation of the Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Health Cancer Center, which includes the Hematology/Oncology and Radiation Oncology departments. The project will include nine new examination rooms and nine treatment chairs, and space for cancer support services such as dietetics, social work and palliative care.

Mayo says the expansion will allows its La Crosse campus to "further integrate local cancer services with Mayo Clinic cancer care in order to provide comprehensive, consistent care throughout the Midwest."

"With this renovation, we can better meet the needs of our current patients and be prepared for future growth," Tanner Holst, Mayo's vice president for medical subspecialties, said via release. "Our goal is to allow patients to stay close to home and their support networks while receiving treatments."

Construction is expected to begin in the spring, occurring in phases in order to continue caring for patients during the construction process. The expansion is expected to become operational in the spring of 2019.

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Mayo's Cancer Center in La Crosse opened in 2004 and has proved to be highly successful. It's accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and received the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017.

The Cancer Center has grown from three providers at its start to nine in its current format. The number of cancer patients receiving care has also doubled during that time.

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