BELOIT - When a baby is born at Beloit Memorial Hospitals Family Care Center, one of the first choices the parents face is naming the child.
Choosing the name for the soon to be remodeled and upgraded Family Care Center was made fairly easy thanks to the generosity of one local family, who gave a $1 million donation to the project.
The center, once complete will be named the Packard Family Care Center, thanks to the generosity of the family of Jim and Nancy Packard. Tim McKevett, president and CEO of Beloit Health System announced the name of the center during the health system's annual meeting Wednesday.
The total cost of the renovation and upgrades to the Family Care Center will be around $40 million. Improvements will include larger patient rooms, upgrades to a family waiting area and a room where classes can be held on topics such as birthing, breastfeeding and more. The Family Care Center welcomes about 600 new babies a year.
Also during the meeting, Dr. Eric Xanthopoulos, a new radiation oncologist at Beloit Health System's Cancer Care Center, introduced himself and described new treatment that soon will be available at the cancer center.
Xanthopoulos, who came to Beloit with his family last year, said he took a somewhat different course to get to where his is today. He earned a law degree from the Stanford University Law School in 2001.
He earned his medical degree from Columbia University in 2003 and he served his residency in radiation oncology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in 2018.
He described a new radiation treatment for brain cancer patients that is anticipated to be available at the Cancer Center in Beloit in August or September. Steriotactic Radio Surgery (SRS) allows for a more precise treatment of tumors in the brain. It delivers a higher dose of radiation to the area of the brain where the tumor is rather that irradiating the whole brain.
This shortens the treatment days from 10 or more days under the previous treatment schedule to one to five days using SRS.
McKevett lauded the employees and volunteers at Beloit Health System, saying they are part of the community and the primary reason behind the system's success.
"We believe when our employees are engaged, that drives patient satisfaction," McKevett said.
He pointed to Dr. Kenneth Gold who recently was named Physician Citizen of the Year by the Wisconsin Medical Society. Gold has been providing health care to patients in Beloit for more than 50 years.
McKevett also pointed to new physicians such as Dr. Nishant Patel and Dr. Thuy Nguyen, who will be seeing patients at the South Beloit Clinic when it reopens in August.
The health system will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Beloit Memorial Hospital's location on Hart Road in August, and McKevett said the community's support is the reason the hospital has endured and thrived for the past five decades.
"Fifty years of commitment, 50 years of success," he said.