Timeline History of The Center

1996
6,400-square-foot Cancer Treatment Center of St. Peter’s opened, enabling Helena residents to have both chemotherapy and radiation therapy available locally. Prior to that time, radiation oncology cancer patients were transported daily by vans to Butte for treatment.

Spring 2001
New computer software, Record and Verify System, funded by donations to St. Peter’s Foundation, is added to enable staff to more effectively administer exact doses of radiation with fewer side effects. 

There were Two oncologists and 11 staff.

Spring 2002
Expanded Cancer Treatment Center is built in courtyards adjacent to current facility to accommodate the increasing number of patients needing services and additional treatment options available.  Construction totaled $500,000 to add additional 1,000 square feet; $469,000 of that was funded by donations to St. Peter’s Foundation. The official groundbreaking was November 2001.

Fall 2002
The Meditation Garden is created through an anonymous $40,000 gift. Located in the courtyard between the Hospital and the Maria Dean Medical Building, the garden is visible through the large windows where chemotherapy patients receive treatment. 

Spring 2005
The new linear accelerator is installed for delivery of radiation. It allows physicians to use Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) capability.  

2010
Two oncologists and 18 staff treat 17,293 patient visits (June 2009-May 2010).

2011
Cancer Treatment Center Expansion increases square footage from 4,000 to 7,300 feet to allow St. Peter’s to serve even more cancer patients, with two additional exam rooms, three offices, 12 additional chemotherapy infusion chairs (with five private infusion chairs), a larger waiting area, a more streamlined lab drawing area, a group activity room, nutrition room, and a family conference room, as well as direct access to the Meditation Garden. The renovations were designed with input from cancer patients.      

July 2011 saw the addition of Medical Oncologist Justin Thomas, M.D. He moved to Helena from Salt Lake City, where he completed a Fellowship at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. A 2001 graduate of Carroll College, Dr. Thomas earned his Medical Degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Utah and Affiliated Hospitals.  

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