A two-story, comprehensive cancer center has officially opened up at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, and it was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.

Local officials, doctors, surgeons and volunteers all came out to the ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 3 at 111 Beach Drive in West Islip — and despite the rain — they were excited to welcome the new center to the community.

“Having been with Catholic Health Services for many, many years, it’s great to see the progress made to have a world-class cancer center on the campus,” Islip Town Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter said. “It’s truly a blessing.”

The new facility is adjacent to the north side of Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home, which, like Good Sam, is also run by Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

The center features 12 physician offices and 20 exam rooms, along with mental health experts, genetic counseling, social work, nutrition and dietary services. Patient navigators will assist with scheduling appointments and coordinating care.

“This facility will provide a full spectrum of services to treat the individuals, not just the cancer,” said Ruth E. Hennessey, president of Good Sam. “It was an enormous effort to get all the cancer care under one roof.”

With 22 infusion bays to accommodate existing patients, Hennessey added there is plenty of room for growth. The $18 million renovation of former unoccupied space at the nursing enter campus utilizes nearly 25,000 square feet.

“We are bringing world-class cancer care right to this campus,” said Dr. Alan D. Guerci, president and CEO of Catholic Health Services, “so patients don’t have to go to the city to get it.”

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Top: The ribbon-cutting ceremony from Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s new cancer center in West Islip (credit: Julianne Mosher).