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Published Nov. 12, 2015

Construction will start early next year on a $65 million expansion of the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute in Greer, and the opening is planned in mid-2018, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System executives said in announcing the project. A $15 million capital campaign is underway through the Spartanburg Regional Foundation.

The 198,000-square-foot, seven-story facility will be connected to the system’s Pelham Medical Center campus at 250 Westmoreland Road.

Construction will start early next year on the $65 million expansion of the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute in Greer. (Image provided)
Construction will start early next year on the $65 million expansion of the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute in Greer. (Image provided)

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Fundraising efforts started in 2014 and $9.5 million has been raised. The foundation’s funding has built and supported many cancer initiatives since 1992. The center, named for benefactors Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs, opened in 1999 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

System CEO Bruce Holstien said in a statement that the expansion is needed “to meet the growing demand for cancer care in our region and to continue the vision we have to be a top cancer provider, not just locally but across the country.”

Dr. Timothy Yeatman, the institute’s director and president, said the facility “will rapidly emerge and develop into an innovation center. Novel ideas and new research are already being created, tested, and distributed to the community in a rapid fashion.”

With cancer treatment and support services under one roof, the center will also house research, education and a healing environment for patients.

“This facility will be a community cancer center like no other,” said David Church, vice president of oncology and support services for Gibbs. “Our goal is for patients and families not to leave this area for world class cancer care. This is here for our children, grandchildren and beyond.”

The system statement said the need for cancer care is growing. Gibbs diagnosed about 3,000 new cases in 2014, a 14% increase from the previous year. The American Cancer Society has predicted that South Carolina will have more than 25,000 new cancer cases diagnosed by the end of 2015.

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