Few of our families have not been touched by cancer. Nearly 40 percent of us will get it in our lifetimes.
So the decision to build a Siteman Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital East, rather than a second medical office building, is not especially surprising. It is certainly comforting and welcomed news.
Cancer treatment is expensive. The U.S. spends about $88 billion a year on cancer, and patients spend nearly $4 billion from their own pockets. Getting top cancer care close to home eases one of the stresses.
The center also represents a $38.3 million investment in health care infrastructure. It will bring highly-skilled, high-paying jobs. Those employees are likely to be community leaders in everything from local civic groups to local churches.
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The health of the local economy and our residents are both likely to improve.