GREENFIELD — Hundreds gathered Wednesday for the dedication of the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center at Hancock Regional Hospital.
Morristown businessman Bob Wortman made a contribution to the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation that was sizable enough to earn him naming rights to the hospital’s newest facility. He opted to name the building after his late wife, Sue, who died after fighting breast cancer, lung cancer and an array of other medical conditions.
More than 300 people joined the hospital’s administration to celebrate the Wortmans and the facility’s new moniker.
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Hospital CEO Steve Long, foundation executive director Nancy Davis, local cancer center patient Skip Kuker and Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell each treated the gathering as an opportunity to publicly thank Wortman for his generosity.
“This is an amazing place, and I’m so glad this is in my backyard,” Kuker said, while telling those gathered he used to travel nearly an hour away to receive treatments for throat cancer, which he is still battling.
The new cancer center is a two-story, 27,000-square-foot building added to the south end of the hospital campus along East Boyd Avenue in Greenfield. It opened this summer after a year of construction.
New signs proclaiming the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center as the building’s new name have been placed inside and outside of the building. An image of Bob and Sue Wortman has been placed in the facility’s entryway.