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This magazine went to press in mid-October. But by the time this story reaches your hands, our friends at Thibodaux Regional Health System will have taken a giant leap forward toward making local medical history.

Thibodaux Regional was scheduled to break ground on its new, state-of-the-art Cancer Center on Oct. 17 — an event attended by community members and local lawmakers and dignitaries.

The groundbreaking was a massive leap forward in the eventual completion of a facility that CEO Greg Stock said will change the face of local medicine.

The facility will be four stories and encompass 80,000 square feet. It will feature state-of-the-art equipment and technology, giving locals the best possible chance to fight cancer — all while being able to stay here in our community.

“We know that there are people who seek treatment at facilities out of state and we want people to know that we understand the decision that people have to make,” Stock said. “But we also want them to know that our commitment is to provide the best care for patients. There are a lot of things that go into cancer care and a lot of people are affected — the patient, their families and it’s a life-changing experience for everyone. Our Cancer Institute will have the latest technologies and we will do our best to make sure that this difficult time is as manageable as it can be for those who are in need.”

The Cancer Center will literally save lives.

Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in our country and throughout the world, and rates in Louisiana are higher than national averages.

Thibodaux Regional has been proactive and saw the vision to light, leading up to the groundbreaking ceremony and the center’s eventual opening date.

Scheduled to be completed in 24 months, the facility is going to have both the best current technology and  the ability to adapt to change.

Stock said one of the challenges in building a medical facility is that the technologies we use today are quickly obsolete tomorrow as medicine constantly evolves and becomes more sophisticated.

“We will change as the industry changes,” Stock said. “We will be proactive and we will evolve as needed. We are going to stay ahead of the game and continue to be one of the leaders. We want people here to have access to the best treatment methods and we’re going to do everything we can to be better for our patients.”

That patient-centered approach will be evident all over the Cancer Center.

Stock said in addition to the state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, the Thibodaux Regional Cancer Institute
will have a comforting feeling to those within it.

Thibodaux Regional Board Chairman Jacob Giardina said cancer is a disease that impacts every, single person in a community — either directly or indirectly.

Stock agreed and said because of that, there will be a personal touch and a comforting atmosphere within the new facility.

Stock said he wants patients to feel at ease in knowing that they’re receiving the best possible care, and he also wants the families of patients to feel at home, as well.

“It’s a challenge for everyone. It ripples down and affects lots of people,” Stock said of a cancer diagnosis. “We aim to make that process easier for everyone involved.”

Thibodaux Regional has a proven track record of success to do everything they say they’ll do.

The hospital recently demonstrated it can create a new, successful facility with the opening of its Wellness Center — a facility that’s been an unquestioned success, having helped change the lives of literally thousands of local people.

“It’s been just amazing to see,” Stock said of the Wellness Center’s successes.

As a patient-centered hospital, Thibodaux Regional also walks the walk. Recently, they were awarded their 12th straight Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award — an honor which goes to only the top 10 percent of hospitals in the United States for patient experience and satisfaction.

Thibodaux Regional is the only hospital in Louisiana to enjoy that level of sustained, award-winning longevity.

“We are always striving to be better for our patients,” Stock said. “Any way that we can do more for them, we’ll explore it and look to achieve it. “