December 13, 2017

St. Francis receives 7-figure donation toward cancer center expansion

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center said it has received a seven-figure investment toward a planned future expansion of its Smilow Cancer Hospital Yale-New Haven at St. Francis.

The exact amount of the gift from Joyce and Andrew Mandell to the St. Francis Foundation's Hope & Healing campaign to expand the cancer center was not disclosed, but St. Francis said the money will be used to build an oncology rehabilitation center, and hope and healing garden.

The overall expansion of the 45,000-square-foot center is projected to cost about $8 million, funding for which is still being raised, according to hospital spokeswoman Fiona Phelan. The projected expansion size and timing also remain undetermined.

The Mandells' investment in the rehabilitation center will allow caregivers to design individualized rehabilitation programs for patients that will focus on physical and emotional issues that result from cancer and its treatment.

Other support includes the Mandells' investment and involvement in the The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research on the north campus of St. Francis on Blue Hills Avenue.

Separate from the Smilow outpatient services, St. Francis earlier this year unveiled a $3 million transformation of its 20-room oncology pavilion on the hospital's eighth floor.

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