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Woodwinds to see major expansions

Woodwinds Health Campus officials announced an expansion to its cancer care facilities and major changes coming to its primary care offerings.

The Woodbury hospital, which currently offers chemotherapy and infusion services, will add radiation oncology services by January 2015, according to a news release from HealthEast Care System – Woodwinds’ parent organization. Woodwinds’ cancer services will be housed together by September 2015 on the Woodlands level of the campus’ Birch Center building.

“We want to improve patient access to the growing need for a comprehensive community cancer center in the Woodbury area,” said Tom Schmitt, senior vice president for HealthEast’s clinics and outpatient services.

Plans for the expansion should be completed later this year, with construction at Woodwinds set to begin in the spring, the release states.

The release states that an increase in demand for primary care services is prompting another major change at the Woodbury hospital. Over the next two years, Woodwinds will be relocating about half of its doctors to a new site in east Woodbury near SuperTarget, with the other half moving into the Woodwinds Oak Center.

“This is an exciting time for HealthEast,” Schmitt said in the release. “We have been warmly embraced by the Woodbury community and look forward to growing with them.”

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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