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Astera Health and CentraCare are partnering to build a new cancer center in Wadena.

The Boards of Directors at Astera Health and CentraCare have approved a partnership that will expand cancer services to the region, including the addition of a cancer center at the new Astera Health main campus in Wadena.

The 20,000 square foot addition will be added to the west end of the new building. The project, which will include infusion, radiation oncology, and supportive care is estimated to cost $23.7 million and will be completed by spring of 2025. 

“Keeping care locally is important and cancer care is no exception. We are committed to improving the health of the communities we serve, and this cancer center does just that,” said Joel Beiswenger, CEO for Astera Health.

“For more than 20 years, CentraCare has partnered with Astera to serve the healthcare needs of the community. We are proud to deepen our relationship with Astera’s excellent team to bring expanded services and expertise to residents of the region,” said Kenneth Holmen, MD, CEO for CentraCare.

A work team consisting of CentraCare and Astera Health leaders will be finalizing operational details of the partnership. The project will be funded through a lease relationship with a not-for-profit financing agency as well as a capital campaign through donations and grants.