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      New cancer center coming to mid-Missouri

      Plans for the Virginia and Norman Cancer Center were announced on Monday, February 18, 2013.
      Boone Hospital Center announced Monday plans to build the Virginia and Norman Stewart Cancer Center.

      Norman "Norm" Stewart is a former coach of the University of Missouri men's basketball team. He is also the founder of Coaches vs. Cancer.

      "For many years, Virginia and I have benefited from the services and care provided at Boone Hospital," Norm said. "It's a great honor to join our legacy with Boone Hospital. We look forward to working together to enhance cancer care in mid-Missouri."

      The Stewart Cancer Center name will encompass all of the hospital's cancer services, from screening to treatment and everything in between. The name will also be applied to a brand new in-patient cancer treatment unit to be constructed this year.

      The in-patient unit will be located on the sixth floor of the hospital's south tower, which opened in 2011. It will include 32 private patient rooms and incorporate the latest in health care design for the comfort and safety of cancer patients and their families.

      Construction of the new in-patient unit is expected to begin in 2013 and is estimated to cost $7.2 million.

      "We are honored to have Virginia and Norm Stewart's collaboration on this project, which will be nothing short of transformative for cancer care at Boone Hospital," said Fred Parry, chairman of the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees. "On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we'd like to thank the Stewarts for joining us in this project to fight cancer and improve the health of our community."