Health City Cayman Islands broke ground on a new purpose-built cancer treatment centre Thursday at the hospital’s East End location.

The new cancer centre is the next phase of the East End hospital’s growth, according to an HCCI press release.

Premier Alden McLaughlin was on hand for the sod turning. He said the celebration was more than a groundbreaking.

“We are breaking new ground in the fight against cancer for our community as well as for our overseas visitors. Congratulations to Dr. Devi Shetty and his team for their continued innovation in healthcare technology, affordability and accessibility for our islands,” McLaughlin said in a post on his official Facebook page Thursday.

The project for the centre was first announced in August 2018. The center will allow for Health City to provide oncology treatment options that include medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation therapy, and a Bone Marrow Transplant facility.

It has been billed as the first comprehensive cancer-care center in the Caribbean, according to those with HCCI.

Health City previously had a medical oncology facility with a five-bed chemotherapy unit for day care.