News | Published September 14, 2011 | Written by Communications Department

Lance and Ellen Shaner Support Mount Nittany Medical Center’s New Cancer Pavilion

At a Sept. 7 building dedication, the Board of Trustees of Mount Nittany Medical Center announced Lance and Ellen Shaner have made a substantial gift to the Medical Center's comprehensive Cancer Pavilion currently under construction. The center will be named the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

In addition to supporting the construction of the Cancer Pavilion, the Shaners have established a generous endowment to support travel, lodging, medical and pharmaceutical co-pays, and other treatment-related needs for cancer patients and their families as they receive care at the Shaner Cancer Pavilion.

As residents of State College for more than 18 years, Lance and Ellen Shaner have been generous supporters of many of the region's charities, including Centre Volunteers in Medicine, Easter Seals and The Second Mile. Lance has also played important fundraising leadership roles for the Centre County United Way, State College Family YMCA and Penn State campaigns.

"These gifts demonstrate our continued commitment to the Centre Region and our desire to make a significant contribution to fighting a disease that takes such a significant toll on families," Lance Shaner said. "The Shaner Cancer Pavilion at Mount Nittany will be a phenomenal resource for patients and families, and we are humbled and excited for what it will mean now and for generations to come."

The Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion will house radiation oncology, medical oncology and examination space, and 19 private chemotherapy suites. The Shaner Cancer Pavilion will also feature special amenities, like a large resource room for patients and families; space for integrative services such as rehabilitation and nutritional consultations; private, quiet waiting areas in addition to public waiting areas; and a dedicated pharmacy.

"The Shaner Cancer Pavilion gives the Medical Center the opportunity to provide dedicated dignified space where patients and families can access the broad continuum of services that they need," Steve Brown, president and CEO of Mount Nittany Health System, said at the dedication. "We are exceedingly grateful to Lance and Ellen Shaner for recognizing our desire to move cancer treatment and support services together—in one facility —to support cancer patients' unique healthcare needs."

Construction on the Shaner Cancer Pavilion is expected to be complete in mid to late 2012. An open house will be announced for the community at that time.