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Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Marks Reopening of Karen Davis Krzynowek Cancer Center

ENFIELD, Conn. — A blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week to mark the reopening of Johnson Memorial Hospital’s Karen Davis Krzynowek Cancer Center. The ceremony, held on Johnson’s Enfield, Conn. campus, drew hospital leaders and colleagues, as well as local elected officials.

The $6 million construction and renovation project began 14 months ago and added 5,500 square feet to the cancer center. The project brings all of Johnson’s outpatient cancer services — Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, and physician offices — together under one roof, allowing patients to receive high-quality cancer treatment close to home. In addition to improving accessibility for physician appointments, the project also includes new Medical Oncology infusion bays that feature privacy screening, personal televisions, and space to accommodate a supporting family member or friend.

“At Johnson Memorial Hospital, we keep our patients at the center of everything we do. This important project will increase coordination of care by bringing all of Johnson’s outpatient cancer-care programs into one collaborative space and, at the same time, improve the patient experience with increased privacy in a first-class, calm, and comfortable environment,” said Dr. Robert Roose, chief administrative officer at Johnson Memorial Hospital. “We are confident that these improvements will ease the cancer journey for many individuals in the greater Enfield community.”

Dr. Karishma Mehra, medical oncologist, noted that patients require a physical examination before they can be cleared to receive chemotherapy. “It’s important to make receiving care as easy as possible for cancer patients. Now, with physician offices just steps away from the infusion area, patients can begin their treatment more quickly. They also have peace of mind knowing their physician is nearby.”

The new Karen Davis Krzynowek Cancer Center is part of a $40 million expansion and renovation project designed to create a comprehensive hub for outpatient services on the hospital’s Enfield campus. Once complete, the S. Prestley and Helen Blake Ambulatory Care Center will include an upgraded surgery center with four state-of-the-art operating rooms, recovery areas, and additional medical office space.

“The critically important addition and renovations to the Karen Davis Krzynowek Cancer Center will better support the healthcare providers in their delivery of quality care and services to the patients of Johnson Memorial Hospital and their families,” said Josh Sylvester, project executive and Connecticut director of Operations for Consigli Construction Co. Inc. “Consigli is grateful to the Trinity Health Of New England team for its partnership and collaboration on a project that represents not just an improved patient and provider experience, but also an opportunity for hope and healing.”