Almost two years ago we broke ground on the new Pardee Hospital Cancer Center. It’s hard to believe that last week, we gathered to celebrate its opening with an Open House and Dedication ceremony.

Throughout the planning and construction of this center we have been blessed by the generosity of our community who have made financial donations in its support. We have also heard the stories of people like Natascha Lance, Pam and Joe McLaughlin, Bernie Linder and many others whose lives have been touched by cancer and who recognize the significance and impact this center will have on our community.  With these folks in mind, we planned a Dedication Ceremony to not only acknowledge those who have made significant gifts, but to also bless the center and all who walk through its doors.

The Dedication was attended by Foundation staff and volunteers, Pardee Hospital staff, and several local clergymen including Father Martin Schratz, Immaculata Catholic Church; Reverend Dr. Joel Hafer, St. James Episcopal Church; Pastor David Hinkelman, Advent Lutheran Church; Pastor Steve Scoggins, First Baptist Church; Pastor Greg Williams, Grace Lutheran Church; Reverend Mark Ralls, First United Methodist Church; Reverend Anne Morgan, First Presbyterian Church; and Reverend Mildred Twitty, St. Paul’s Tabernacle Church.

Those in attendance toured the facility and offered prayers for all who would receive their treatment there. It was an emotional morning as we saw the fruits of our labor brought to life in this facility designed to bring advanced healing close to home. This Cancer Center has the capacity to treat 85 to 90 percent of all cancers in Western North Carolina. We ended Tuesday morning, with this final blessing, “May all who enter here find peace in this place of hope.” As the center begins to see its first patients this week, we pray that this blessing endures.

Click here to view photos from the Cancer Center Dedication.