Thibodaux Regional Health System held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new state-of-the-art Thibodaux Regional Cancer Institute.

At noon, around 100 people consisting of local politicians, Thibodaux Regional staff and other members of the community, gathered in front of the stage near the hospital’s current cancer center.

The ceremony opened with remarks by Thibodaux Regional CEO Greg Stock.

“…Nobody sort of owns our hospital and what we have built here. It belongs to the community,” he said. “It's here because of the people who live here, work in this region…raise their families here and have supported us in our efforts to go forward and really try to create something special.”

Stock later introduced Frank Trahan, a former cancer patient at Thibodaux Regional, who gave a testimonial on the treatment he received at the hospital.

“I am proud to be here today at this ceremony to build this cancer center,” he said. “I contracted the disease; I went through it three times. And through the grace of God and these fantastic medical teams here, I am now six years cancer-free.”

After the symbolic shovel-dig by Stock, Trahan and Thibodaux Regional administration and staff, guests were treated to a free meal that included pastalaya, salad and cheesecake, among other items.

“It is a special privilege to be here today to be part of the groundbreaking for the cancer center…,” Stock said during his opening remarks. “So, the size and scope of this cancer center and what it promises for people in terms of cancer prevention and cancer care, to me, make this a very special occasion.”

The Cancer Institute is scheduled to be open in late 2020.

View photos from the groundbreaking by Times Staff Writer Drew Miller.

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