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Navicent Health Prepares to Celebrate Grand Opening of The Peyton Anderson Cancer Center

Navicent Health Prepares to Celebrate Grand Opening of The Peyton Anderson Cancer Center

Facility will Serve as “One Stop Shop” for Oncology Services 

MACON, GA (Friday, October 24, 2014) – Central Georgians will soon have access to the new, state-of-the-art Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, Navicent Health, a facility that will centralize outpatient oncology services in a single location.

“Our goal at Navicent Health is to provide access to the right care, at the right cost, at the right time, close to home. For the first time, through the Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, we will be able to provide numerous options for cancer patients in a single location, and close to home, thus making treatment easier and more accessible for the patient, and also lowering the cost of treatment. It is our intent to navigate patients to better health while keeping their needs at the center of all that we do. The Peyton Anderson Cancer Center will allow us to achieve that,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Navicent Health.

The Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, Navicent Health will house the following services under one roof:


  • Breast Care Center, Navicent Health
  • Chemotherapy services
  • Clinical research and clinical trials
  • Demonstration kitchen
  • Diagnostics
  • Genetic counseling
  • Infusion Center, Navicent Health
  • Life Boutique, Navicent Health
  • Multidisciplinary meeting space
  • Navigation services
  • Patient and family support services, including:
    • Art therapy
    • Dietetics
    • Massage therapy
    • Meditation room
    • Reading room
    • Physician-led oncology services, including:
      • Gynecologic oncology
      • Interventional and diagnostic radiology
      • Medical oncology
      • Surgical oncology
      • Radiation oncology
      • Thoracic oncology
      • Private practices
      • Ribbons Café
      • Survivorship support and education
      • Tumor board room
      • Tumor registry

“Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is very stressful. By bringing all oncology services together in one place, we will greatly reduce the anxiety of traveling to meet with the countless clinicians and specialists involved in the patient's treatment. We are thrilled that this project has come to fruition and are excited to celebrate its grand opening,” said Roberta Permenter, RN, interim Administrative Director of Oncology Services at Navicent Health.


In celebration of the cancer center's grand opening, Navicent Health invites the community to the following events, each located at the Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, 800 First Street in Macon:


  • Ecumenical Blessing of the Building
    • Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 p.m.
    • This free event will include remarks from Mayor Robert A.B. Reichert and cancer survivors, as well as blessings from Macon's spiritual leaders.
    • This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.
    • Free parking is available in the Blue Parking Deck.


  • Employee Tours
    • Thursday, October 30, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.
    • Media wishing to tour Peyton Anderson Cancer Center are asked to contact Public Relations prior to arrival.


  • Good Morning, Macon
    • Wednesday, November 12, 8:30 a.m.
    • Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Navicent Health, will provide the opening address.
    • Free parking is available in the Blue Parking Deck.


  • Kids Fun Day
    • Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • This free event for the entire family will include games for children, visits from Disney characters, entertainment by local students and musicians, health screenings and free giveaways.
    • Free parking is available in the Blue Parking Deck.


  • Medcen Community Health Foundation, Navicent Health's Donor Celebration
    • Saturday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    • Emerson Ballroom, 543 Plum Street
    • This invitation-only event will celebrate those who generously gave to make the Peyton Anderson Cancer Center possible.


Peyton Anderson Cancer Center will begin receiving patients on November 17, 2014. Navicent Health strategically planned for this new 100,000 square foot cancer center because of the region's current and potential need.

“With early diagnosis, improved treatments and an aging baby boomer population, the number of cancer patients and survivors is on the rise. We are grateful to those who have supported our goal of operating a facility that coordinates oncology services,” said Dr. Frederick M Schnell, Director of Navicent Health's Georgia Cancer Coalition Grant and Medical Director of Oncology Services at Navicent Health.

Construction on the $44 million project began in December 2013. 

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