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            The Maryville Cancer Center will celebrate the completion of its remodeling project with an open house on Monday, April 16, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 2024 South Main, Maryville.

The remodeling of the Cancer Center came from ideas proposed by students in the Merchandising Furnishings and Accessories class taught by Assistant Professor of Merchandising, Jean Memken. They researched which colors would be the best fit for the Cancer Center and found discounts on items such as flooring, light fixtures, and paint. The students then collected donations from local businesses to help purchase the necessary items for the project.

“This renovation is more conducive to healing for the cancer patients than the original facility,” said Teri Harr, nurse liaison for the St. Francis Breast Cancer Program. “Patients are grateful to have a place in Maryville to go for treatment, but the initial building was outdated and bleak.”

Memken notes the importance of the atmosphere to patients saying, “We need to help them focus on living and healing and the environment can do a lot to support that. Likewise, patients also form an impression on the quality of care as they open the door to medical facilities. Environment is key in reassuring patients that they have come to a professional and caring facility where the staff is competent and will be able to address the patients’ needs in the best way possible.”

“This has truly been a collaborative project,” Harr continued. “From the students in the Merchandising class at the University to the funding assistance of the St. Francis Hospital Foundation and Heartland Regional Medical Center, the community has wrapped their hearts around this project.”

The Center remodeling was supported with donations from the following individuals and businesses: Steve and Donella Sherry, Today’s Civic Women, Citizens Bank and Trust, Shirley England Upholstery, Pitzenberger’s Body Shop, Cynthia Whitney with Pampered Chef, Osh’s Construction, John Irvine and Peggy Shaw, Tara Hull and Mady Neff, Jamie Brummett with At Home, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Barnard Methodist Church, Best Brands Plus, and Store of Colors.

The Open House will include tours of the remodeled space as well as refreshments.

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