Redefining Cancer Care

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Mercy is the expert when it comes to cancer care. We have been since the beginning and we continue to build on this rich legacy.

The new Hall-Perrine Cancer Center will be the largest, most comprehensive cancer-healing environment in our area. Home to many of the area’s finest cancer specialists and advanced, innovative cancer services in one central location, it will give patients direct access to a treatment team dedicated to delivering coordinated cancer care.

  • Nationally accredited
  • Patient-centered with one location featuring a full continuum of care
  • Comprehensive services under one roof to facilitate patient treatment and recovery
  • New and advanced programs and services
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic, treatment and healing programs
  • Preventative screenings, genetics counseling, education
  • Multi-disciplinary patient-centered clinics
  • Specially-trained cancer surgeons

Cancer can’t wait. Coming in Spring 2012, you and your family soon will have access to a world-class cancer center, right in your community.

See how we’re building the dream

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Legacy / Timeline

Mercy began offering families in the Cedar Rapids area the highest quality cancer care from Day One. The hospital’s shared legacy with the Hall and Perrine families to provide the best possible cancer care in our community began in 1956. That’s the year Mercy became the first treatment center west of the Mississippi to offer Cobalt-Beam Radiation treatment, due to the generosity of Howard Hall.

On Feb. 24, 2011 Mercy announced the new cancer center’s name – the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center in recognition of Howard and Margaret Hall and Beahl and Irene Perrine. They have generously supported Mercy for five decades and collectively bestowed more than $25 million to develop cancer facilities, programs, and services.

A look at Mercy’s long and rich history of cancer care makes it clear Mercy is the cancer care leader in our area.

1900 Mercy Hospital opened and began serving patients

1956 Hall Radiation Center established with the first community hospital-based cobalt unit west of the Mississippi River

Hall Radiation Center History

1950’s American Cancer Society offices established at Mercy

American Caner Society

1973 Expanded Hall Radiation Center

1973 First linear accelerator (4 million volt) and treatment simulator purchased

1975 Mammography system installed

1977 Whole body CT unit installed

1977 100,000th treatment given at the Hall Radiation Center

100,000th Treatment

1979 Martin Wiesenfeld, MD, FACP, was the first medical oncologist hematologist practicing in Cedar Rapids

1980 Sisters of Mercy started Hospice of Mercy

1981 Computerized treatment planning system installed

1983 Oncology Associates formed

1983 6 million volt accelerator installed

1985 Offered research studies with CROP (Cedar Rapids Oncology Project)

1986 Mobile digital mammography on the road

1987 Mercy’s Women’s Center opened

1988 Received a multi-million dollar endowment

1988 Hall Radiation Center expanded and renovated

1988 – 1989 18 million volt linear accelerator installed, new treatment planning computer added

1988 Established a multidisciplinary cancer conference

1988 Mercy’s Eastern Iowa Center for Cancer Detection Treatment and Research formed

1989 Dedicated oncology social worker added

1990 Mercy became an approved American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer program

1990 Especially For You® After Breast Cancer Support Group established

1991 Mercy developed Community Cancer Support Group

1991 First annual Especially For You race

First Annual Especially for You Race

1992 Us Too Prostate Cancer Education & Support Group established

1994 Kids Count Too developed

1998 Began offering Prostate Seed Implants

1998 21 million volt accelerator installed, entire department computerized, 3D treatment planning capability added, new treatment simulator installed

2001 Coronary brachytherapy for cardiac restenosis instituted and Intensive Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) begins

2002 The second 21 million volt linear accelerator installed

2004 Radiation Oncology of Cedar Rapids began affiliation with Mercy

2005 Purchased TomoTherapy linear accelerator

TomoTherapy Linear Accelerator

2006 Received the Community Spirit of Excellence Award from Modern Healthcare Magazine

2006 Awarded a Lance Armstrong Grant for a breast cancer wellness study

2006 Purchased High Dose Rate (brachytherapy) equipment

2006 Began offering Mammo site for breast cancer patients

2006 Thrive – Mercy’s cancer fitness & wellness program started

2006 Perrine Oncology Neurosurgical Center opened

2007 Board endorsed moving forward with Destination Cancer Center concept

2007 Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy opened

2008 da Vinci® robotic surgical unit added

da Vinci Robotic Surgery

2009 Trilogy linear accelerator installed

Trilogy Linear Accelerator

2009 PET/CT scanner added

PET/CT Scanner

2010 Summer – Mercy added dedicated nurse navigator and massage therapist for more comprehensive care

2010 May – New wide bore CT scanner in radiation center

2010 August 18 – Mercy announces Destination Cancer Center and affiliation with Oncology Associates

2010 Fall – Site preparation for Destination Cancer Center

2011 Spring – Construction will begin

2012 Spring – Destination Cancer Center scheduled to open

Mercy Destination Cancer Center

Move your cursor left & right over the timeline to scan through the history.Download Timeline (pdf)

Your input matters!

In September 2010, Mercy conducted forums with cancer patients and caregivers in an effort to create the best healing environment for future patients at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. The forums included patients from the University of Iowa, St. Luke’s Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and other area facilities who have been diagnosed and treated in the past six months to five years. Information gleaned from these forums has been implemented in the look, feel and lay-out of the new building.









Learn more about Hall-Perrine Cancer Center


GroundbreakingThursday, April 21, 2011 was a special day in Mercy’s history as the official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.

If you missed it then, you can watch it now


Top quality cancer care has always been our cornerstone. You expect the best care at Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center – and you get it. We have the national recognitions to prove it.


Medical breakthroughs dramatically increase survival rates for many cancer patients. Most lifesaving drugs approved for treating cancer today were tested first in clinical trials.

We have conducted research and clinical trials with the North Central Cancer Treatment Group and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Research Consortium since 1985. This year, the Cedar Rapids Oncology Project (CROP) marked 25 years of conducting clinical trials designed to help cancer patients in our community receive the latest cancer therapies while staying close to home.

More than 3,500 people have participated in the trials, which also allow local physicians to gain experience with the newest treatments. Today, 65 separate clinical trials are underway, using $450,000 in annual grant money from the National Cancer Institute.

Martin Wiesenfeld, MD, FACP, is a medical oncologist and principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded project. Dr. Wiesenfeld also is Mercy’s Medical Director for the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.

Specialized Staff

Chris Strand is a social worker entirely dedicated to oncology patients. Her services are entirely funded by Mercy as an outreach benefit. Chris was one of several Mercy employees who traveled to City of Hope in Los Angeles, which is recognized as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” and the 17th best cancer hospital in America by U.S. News & World Report. Read  more about Chris in the “Connecting Patients & Resources” article in Mercy Touch magazine.

Mercy Touch Magazine – Spring 2011

You can expect a full team of cancer care experts at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.

Oncology Associates

On Nov. 1, 2010, Oncology Associates (OA) became affiliated with Mercy, ensuring cancer treatment at Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center continues to be first-rate and patient-focused. OA has a team of five experienced oncologists, a nurse practitioner and 50 support staff members. All of OA’s full-time nurses are oncology certified.

OA oncologists travel to outreach clinics in the surrounding area, including Anamosa, Independence, Manchester and Vinton to provide high quality oncology care for patients with limited access, or limited transportation, to health services.

OA has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. This program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet standards for quality cancer care.

See how quality cancer care and a fighting attitude make a real difference

Nurse Navigators

What do you expect from a world-class cancer center?

You would expect to have your own personal nurse… a navigator who would help guide you through all your appointments and treatments. Someone who is there for you 24/7. Our nurse navigators help cancer patients and their families steer through the journey of cancer treatment – from diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care.

Learn more about personal nurses navigating care

Meet our navigators:

Kris Sargent

Kris Sargent, RN, OCN Oncology Nurse Navigator

Sallie Buelow

Sallie Buelow, RN, BSN, CBCN Oncology Nurse Navigator

Kris Sargent, (Left)  RN, OCN, has worked in the oncology field for more than 25 years and received the 2008 recipient of the annual Lane Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society.

Sallie Buelow, (Right) RN, BSN, CBCN, was certified as a breast health specialist in 2001 and has worked in the Women’s Center for the past 16 years. Recently she was certified through the Oncology Nursing Society as a breast care nurse.

Hall Radiation Center

2010 Hall Radiation Treatments

In 2010, 574 new patients were seen at the Hall Radiation Center. A total of 14,212 radiation therapy treatments were administered using Brachytherapy, external beam including linear accelerator and TomoTherapy image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and High Dose Rate (HDR) radiation therapy. | {link:}Download .csv{/link}

Accessible and convenient. With dedicated parking next to the building, it’s easy to get in and out fast — and on with your life. Hall Radiation Center is home to advanced technology and expert treatment staff.

Equipped with the latest technology in radiation treatment – TomoTherapy, two linear accelerators, including a state-of-the-art Varian Trilogy accelerator, and High Dose Radiation, Hall Radiation Center allows area residents fighting cancer to stay close to home for treatment, and provides residents in outlying areas throughout the region a destination for the most advanced treatment available.

John Belding, 59, is a 57-year cancer survivor, thanks to a fighting spirit and treatment at Hall Radiation Center. At age 2, John was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. His mother, Pauline, was told the treatment available then could not save him. Together the Beldings, armed with leading edge cancer treatment from Mercy’s Hall Radiation Center, won the battle against cancer.

Read more about John’s story

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