SCHENECTADY — Ellis Medicine and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center are on track to open their new joint oncology unit at Ellis Hospital later this year.
In August 2020, the two announced their collaboration and plans for a medical oncology/chemotherapy/infusion center at Ellis and projected that would open in the summer of 2021.
Work to retrofit nearly 10,000 square feet of vacant space on the sixth floor of the main hospital at 1101 Nott St. has begun, and Ellis said Wednesday that the first patient is expected to be seen there in late August.
The facility will provide medical oncology examinations, chemotherapy and infusion services. Ellis and Roswell say it will provide Capital Region patients with access to certain types of advanced cancer treatment that currently are not available in the area, including treatments still in late-stage clinical trial.
Local elected officials and leaders of both medical organizations hailed the announcement last summer. Ellis CEO Paul Milton said at the time that it would greatly expand the cancer treatment options at Ellis. He said Wednesday via email:
“All of us at Ellis Medicine are excited to welcome Roswell Park to the Capital Region. This collaboration is unique and forward-thinking. It will give the residents of this region the best of both worlds: care plans and treatments overseen by one of the best cancer centers in the country, but available close to home in a community hospital setting. This is what collaboration is all about — uniting our strengths to improve lives.”
Regulatory paperwork filed by Ellis with the state Department of Health last week places the project cost at $1,245,636 and indicates it will be covered by the Ellis Hospital Foundation, its affiliated fund-raising entity.
Ellis indicates in the filing that it currently refers patients to a private practice for medical oncology, but believes that it would be better for patients to receive this treatment on-site, to preserve continuity of care.
Buffalo-based Roswell in August said the partnership with Ellis was the latest of several across upstate New York and Long Island created with the goal of expanding Roswell’s care network.