Hundreds of cancer survivors, friends and supporters flowed through The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial Medical Center this afternoon for a ribbon-cutting celebration and tours of the center’s newly-completed $30 million expansion.

“We are delighted to have so many friends here with us today as we unveil Middle Tennessee’s newest and largest addition in the fight against cancer,” said Ryan Simpson, administrator and chief operating officer for The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center. “The expansion accomplishes our goal of enhancing the experience for our cancer patients by centralizing the resources needed for diagnosis, treatment and aftercare in a single building.”

“It is our hope that this expansion will not only enable us to better meet the needs of the community but will allow us to continue providing the very best possible outcomes for those facing cancer,” said Centennial Medical Center President and CEO Thomas Herron.

The expanded cancer center, located at 230 25th Ave. N. in Nashville, features a new, dedicated entrance and patient drop-off area that opens into a spacious lobby and waiting area filled with natural light and decorated with soothing paint colors with warm accents.

Inside the new lobby and waiting area are a registration area, pre-admission testing, a refreshment room and a resource center featuring materials from the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation as well as computer workstations. A healing garden with ample seating and colorful landscaping is located just outside the new lobby.

The expansion project also added four state-of-the-art operating rooms, along with pre-operative and recovery space, and a new laboratory and pharmacy. The newly-expanded center also offers advanced technologies, including the daVinci Si surgical robot, the area’s only CyberKnife stereotactic radio therapy unit, breast MRI and the area’s first breast tomosynthesis 3-D imaging system.

The 200,000 square-foot cancer center features specific units for bone marrow transplantation, hematological malignancy, medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology. In addition, patients have access to clinical trials through the center’s partnership with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI).

The cancer center expansion was designed by Earl Swensson Associates and constructed by Brasfield and Gorrie and is part of a $143 million expansion at Centennial Medical Center that will also add 51 beds and a dedicated heart and vascular center by summer of 2012. Ground was broken for the cancer center expansion in August 2009.

About The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center
The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center was named in 1991 after Sarah Cannon, creator of the beloved Minnie Pearl, who experienced a personal bout with cancer. The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial is part of The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center Network—a group of eight affiliated medical facilities in Tennessee and southern Kentucky that are accredited by The Cancer Commission of the American College of Surgeons with commendations for excellent cancer care. With hundreds of cancer experts and researchers, The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center Network has grown to become the largest community-based, privately-funded diagnostic and treatment center in the country. Through its investment in advanced technologies and the latest treatment modalities, more patients are benefiting from life-saving cancer diagnosis, treatment and access to clinical trials close to where they live and work. For more information about The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, call TriStar MedLine at 615-342-1919 or 800-242-5662 or visit

About Centennial Medical Center
Located in Nashville, Centennial Medical Center, part of HCA’s TriStar Health System, is a 657-bed facility accredited by The Joint Commission. The medical center’s campus is home to The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial, The Women’s Hospital at Centennial, Centennial Heart Center as well as Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. 24/7 care is also available at Centennial Medical Center at Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. For more information about Centennial Medical Center, call TriStar MedLine at 615-342-1919 or 800-242-5662 or go to and click on Centennial Medical Center.