AdventHealth Unveils New Cancer Center Project; Freytag Health Plaza

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AdventHealth unveiled their plans to build a new health plaza next to the hospital on SR-100 this morning, July 11th, 2023. Advent explained the building and it’s uses, along with their plans. They plan to break ground on the project sometime later this year, and project estimated completion to be before the end of 2024. This new project by Advent comes on the heels of the new Advent hospital’s completion.

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The new plaza, named the Freytag Health Plaza, will run $30 million dollars. The plaza’s name, Freytag Health Plaza, is Advent’s way of publicly honoring Sue and Peter Freytag who have generously donated a large sum of money to help fund this project.

The plaza will house everything a patient needs for their battle with cancer. Advent’s plans for this plaza will allow patients to be diagnosed and treated in the very same plaza right here next to the hospital. The plaza will also hold a library where patients can do their own research into the cancer that they are fighting.

Tony Papandrea, Chairman of the Board for AdventHealth Foundations said in a quote to us regarding the new plaza, “I am proud to be able to partner with AdventHealth Hospital and the Freytag’s, to be able to fund-raise to be able to build this beautiful structure. This is an amazing thing that is going to happen to Flagler County. A $30 million dollar investment in our healthcare. When my wife had cancer, in 2015, I could have chosen to go anywhere in the country. I chose here. I chose here because of the convenience, because of the logistics, but her treatment was held in the best we had which was small, which was close, which was crowded, this will alleviate all of that. The need to travel, and a comfortable, wonderful place for people to be cured of cancer.”

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We also asked the Freytag’s why they chose the cancer center plaza specifically to donate to. Sue Freytag said, “Well, first of all, we like to give back to the community. We have family members that have had cancer, and I think we all know someone who has had cancer or a loved one or a family member. It’s a scary thing. This facility, you’ll be able to go and get diagnosed and all your treatment is here. It’s just a win-win for our community. Our community is growing so fast and we have now two hospitals and we just needed a cancer plaza to take care of the people who have cancer.” Peter Freytag added, “We think it’s good for the community, and we hope that more will participate and give to the foundations.”

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This cancer center will be a two story facility that will cover comprehensive cancer treatment, primary care services, and adult rehabilitation services. The building will span a 30,000 square foot area, and will house many ranges of specialized cancer treatment services, including radiation oncology and medical oncology, as well as advanced therapies and personalized cancer care. The Judith C. Macko Cancer Resource Center will also be relocating to the Freytag Health Plaza, which will provide free resources to cancer patients and their families. The Freytag Health Plaza will also be providing adult rehabilitation services including outpatient physical, occupational and speech language pathology for orthopedic, hand, neurological and lymphedema specialties. There will also be physician offices in the plaza, allowing for more seamless care.

“While we are thrilled to be opening a second hospital in Flagler County next month, we are also excited to begin construction on the Freytag Health Plaza at our current hospital location,” said Denyse Bales-Chubb, president and CEO for AdventHealth Palm Coast and the Flagler/St. Johns market. “This new facility represents an additional $30 million investment in enhancing the care available to our growing community.”

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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