A rendering of Central Maine Healthcare’s proposed Central Maine Cancer Center off Main Street in Lewiston. Submitted photo

LEWISTON — The Department of Health and Human Services has given preliminary approval to Central Maine Healthcare’s proposed new Central Maine Cancer Center.

The $35 million, 50,000-square-foot center would update and centralize cancer treatment in one building on Central Maine Medical Center’s campus at Holland and Main streets.

“Our patients will receive cutting-edge care in one central location,” CMHC President and CEO Jeff Brickman said in a news release. “The cancer center will provide the convenient access to care we are committed to offering.”

The facility will house new equipment and the Central Maine Cancer Institute.

DHHS’ Certificate of Need Unit gave the project preliminary approval Tuesday, on the condition CMHC provides annual audited financial statements for three years after the center’s completion.

The project will go to DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew’s desk for final review and approval.

In its application, CMHC indicated it would like to start the project this summer and open in the winter of 2021.

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