Palmer Welcomes New Medical Facility as The Mat–Su Valley Cancer Center Hosts Community Celebration
Interactive “Journey of Hope” art piece to be part of new state-of-the-art cancer treatment center
September 30, 2016, Palmer, AK - The Matanuska Susitna Valley will soon have a new, high tech facility to help residents fight cancer. The Mat–Su Valley Cancer Center will open this fall and is hosting a Community Event on Friday, September 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dr. Clare Bertucio, Radiation Oncologist, will be the Medical Director. She is excited to bring a personable, state of the art facility to the Valley.
“The Mat–Su Valley Cancer Center brings a new option of technology and care close to home right here in the Valley” she said. We are putting in the same state of the art Varian TrueBeam that just went into the Providence Cancer Center, so patients can get the same level of care in the Valley that they would have had to go to the Providence Cancer Center for previously.”
The event will feature Ken Peltier of the Ken Peltier Band, and an opportunity to meet Iditarod Musher DeeDee Jonroe, both cancer survivors that call the Valley home.
Those who come for the celebration will have a unique opportunity to be a part of a custom designed art piece that is being created to share hope and support for cancer patients. It will be called the, “Journey of Hope.” Big Lake woodworker Keith Simmons will ask event attendees to write notes of support for cancer patients on individual wooden blocks. Simmons, working with his daughter Tara Wood, will then merge the blocks with infused glass to create a collaborative piece that creates a pathway, reminding patients and survivors alike that the journey of cancer need not be traveled alone.
“We are invested in the Valley,” said Dr. Bertucio. “We will have more than ten employees, hired local contractors where possible, and have invested millions of dollars in getting our modern facility built. The power of hope and helping people is why I went into medicine, and I am still motivated by the idea of serving communities and individual patients. We look forward to building that sense of hope in our Valley patients.”