Beam raising marks progress at site of future cancer center

KEARNEY – Day by day, month by month, great progress is happening at the site of the cancer center being built by Nebraska Medicine in Kearney.

Doctors, patients, project leaders and community members came together Thursday in celebration of the construction. Attendees of the event signed a beam that was placed over the main entrance to the 53,000-square-foot building.

When it opens in 2024, the $33 million cancer center will bring new care options to central Nebraska and build upon the years of excellent care provided by Heartland Hematology and Oncology. Services will include medical oncology, radiation oncology, lab, pharmacy, infusion, survivorship programs, genetics counseling and a healing garden.

Construction began this past summer in University Village, a 104-acre, mixed-use development that is a partnership with the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Located south of U.S. Highway 30 on the west edge of the UNK campus, it combines educational, residential, recreational and commercial opportunities in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

The cancer center is the sixth project at University Village, with those investments totaling nearly $130 million.