New cancer center opens in August


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Hundreds of people turned out for the grand opening of the new Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care at MaineGeneral Medical Center.

The $42 million facility, which began taking patients earlier this month, provides outpatient cancer treatment for up to 160 people a day.

Harold Alfond, a philanthropist who contributed $7 million to the center, told people at Saturday’s opening ceremonies that the MaineGeneral management team the oversaw the project should be praised. Alfond, who is 93, talked about his own fight with cancer.

“I was diagnosed with cancer 17 years ago and I remember the day when people were afraid to say the word cancer,” Alfond said. “Look how far we’ve come.”

The three-story, glass-and-tile building off Interstate 95 offers chemotherapy and radiation services.

Alfond initially contributed $5 million to the project.

He later offered an additional $2 million – which he presented on Saturday – if the facility were fully functional by Aug. 1.