Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

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Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
University of Missouri Health Care
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Location Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
Coordinates 38°56′18″N 92°19′40″W / 38.93843°N 92.32788°W / 38.93843; -92.32788Coordinates: 38°56′18″N 92°19′40″W / 38.93843°N 92.32788°W / 38.93843; -92.32788
Care system Oncology
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university University of Missouri
Emergency department None (Level I trauma center through University Hospital)
Beds 60
Speciality Cancer
Founded 1938
Website http://www.ellisfischel.org/index.shtml

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is a member of University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia, Missouri. It was the first free-standing cancer center west of the Mississippi River and the second such institution of its kind in the United States. The center's clinics and screening services are located at Business Loop 70 and its 60-bed inpatient unit is located within University of Missouri Hospital.



The beginnings of Ellis Fischel can be traced back to 1931 when the Missouri State Medical Association created a committee on cancer. Due to the lack of facilities, the first cancer hospital was a roving hospital that cared for cancer patients of all ages in hospitals across the state. A plan was conceived for a centrally-located hospital in 1937. Dr. Ellis Fischel, a leading St. Louis physician, envisioned a state-wide plan for the control of cancer, which included a State Cancer Hospital, equipped with the latest facilities for treatment, staffed by specially trained physicians, with provision for scientific investigation into the causes of the disease, and satellite diagnostic tumor clinics established around the state. Missouri Governor Lloyd C. Stark, a major supporter of this plan, signed a bill to erect the hospital in 1937.

Columbia was chosen as the site of the hospital because of the central location and the presence of the University of Missouri, a major cancer research center. The seven-story, 104-bed hospital was built on U.S. Route 40 (now Interstate 70) in 1938. Ellis Fischel was expanded in 1975 to increase laboratory space, clinic capability and operating room suites.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center joined University of Missouri Health Care in 1990. All inpatient services were moved to University Hospital; outpatient services, such as radiation clinics and screening services, are still located at the facility off of Business Loop 70. Currently construction is underway to rebuild Ellis Fischel as part of a new facility on the University of Missouri Hospital campus.[2]

After funding was cut from the Missouri State budget, University of Missouri curators decided in May 2010 to float a bond issue for $31 million to pay for the new Ellis Fischel construction.[3]

The Wyatt Guest House[edit]


The Ernest and Eugenia Wyatt Guest House is located next to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center on Business Loop 70. The Guest House is available for EFCC patients experiencing long-term outpatient care, such as chemotherapy, and families of EFCC inpatients. The house has twelve rooms available for guest use, with each room equipped with two double beds, private bath, telephone, TV, linens and other "hotel like" amenities. Common areas include the kitchen, TV rooms, library, living room, internet and laundry facilities.


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