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Kalamazoo Bronson Cancer Pavilion project holds topping off ceremony

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Iron workers raised the final beam of the Bronson Cancer Pavilion in Kalamazoo on Friday. The beam is covered in hundreds of signatures from community donors, employees, patients and tradespeople. (WWMT/Jorge Rodas)

The new Bronson Cancer Pavilion in Kalamazoo held a topping off ceremony Friday for the five-story high and 85,000 square feet building.

The final beam of steel was raised around 1 p.m. Friday and put in place atop the structure, signaling the completion of steel framework for the new facility.

The beam of steel was on display at ground level before being placed.

Names of loved ones impacted by cancer, Bronson employees, board members, community donors, and people working on the project covered on the beam.

"Both of my parents are cancer survivors and so I know how important it is to have care close to home, to not have to take trips our of our region," said Bronson Healthcare System Director of Cancer Care Joshia Fitzgibbon.

Fitzgibbon was at the ceremony Friday.

"It takes a lot of time and energy to go through a cancer journey, so at Bronson we want to make sure that we are supporting people," he said.

The Bronson Cancer Pavilion, located on the southeast corner of Vine and John Streets, will provide medical oncology, hematology, and infusion services for adult patients on an outpatient basis.

Upon completion, the Bronson Healthcare system will be able to offer patients two major destinations for cancer care – the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center and the new Cancer Pavilion in Kalamazoo.

The two locations will allow patients and their families better access to cancer care, treatment and prevention.

Bronson said it plans to open the pavilion by Jan. 2021.