The Stewarts are beginning their affiliation with the cancer center as a way to raise awareness and help fight cancer. The former coach of the University of Missouri men’s basketball team, Norm Stewart is the founder of the Coaches vs. Cancer organization.
“For many years, Virginia and I have benefited from the services and care provided at Boone Hospital,” Norm Stewart said. “It’s a great honor to join our legacy with Boone Hospital. We look forward to working together to enhance cancer care in mid-Missouri.”
The Stewart Cancer Center name will encompass all of Boone Hospital’s cancer services, from screening to treatment and everything in between. The name will also be applied to a brand-new inpatient cancer treatment unit to be constructed this year.
The inpatient unit will be located on the sixth floor of the hospital’s south tower, which opened in 2011. It will include 32 private patient rooms and incorporate the latest in health care design for the comfort and safety of our cancer patients and their families.
Construction on the new inpatient unit is expected to begin in 2013 and cost $7.2 million.
“We are honored to have Virginia and Norm Stewart’s collaboration on this project, which will be nothing short of transformative for cancer care at Boone Hospital,” said Fred Parry, chairman of the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we’d like to thank the Stewarts for joining us in this project to fight cancer and improve the health of our community.”
Check boone.org/stewart regularly for updates on construction and events surrounding the Stewart Cancer Center.
A rendering of the inpatient unit in the Virginia and Norman Stewart Cancer Center