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The Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University (SIU) is a community-based patient care, research, education and outreach program established to improve cancer care. It is an effort made possible by the partners at Simmons Hanly Conroy and the Simmons Family Foundation who made a $10.2 million multi-year pledge to help fund the development.
The Simmons Cancer Institute opened its doors to patients in 2010. Approximately 55 SIU physician faculty and support staff see nearly 1,750 patients each month. Patients have access to a chemotherapy infusion center, nearly three dozen exam rooms, minor procedure facilities and a cancer center for women with x-ray, mammography and ultrasound services. The institute is home to seven of SIU’s nine cancer care teams – breast, colorectal, gynecologic oncology, head and neck, hematology/oncology, prostate and lung.
Since its inception, the Simmons Cancer Institute has successfully achieved external grant funding of over $14 million to support cancer research. Physician faculty members also work with patients in clinical trials, allowing the development of new treatments and therapies.
Patients also have access to support groups and other wellness programs such as the weekly activities of yoga, Pilates, tai chi and more. Download the Simmons Cancer Institute’s informational brochure to learn more.
The Simmons Cancer Institute bears the name of John Simmons and the firm in recognition of the $10.2 million pledge made by Firm Partners as part of their commitment to helping fight cancer.Download the SCI Brochure
John Simmons’ family foundation and Simmons Hanly Conroy established a $2 million endowment fund as part of the initial $10.2 million pledge to SIU’s School of Medicine. This fund was set in place to ensure that the best doctors would be working at the Simmons Cancer Institute. In 2015, Dr. Aziz Khan, executive director of the Simmons Cancer Institute, was named the Endowed Chair of Excellence in Oncology for his professional achievements and knowledge in his field.