ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — Oklahoma Republican Sen. Markwayne Mullin attended several events in Ada on Wednesday, meeting with city officials leading up to a big announcement for Mercy Hospital.

"Congressman Cole was here yesterday," noted Mercy Hospital Ada executive Scott Tulane. "I think that they provide opportunity just to get the pulse of the community, see what our needs are, and where we're at and where we're thriving."

A tour of Mercy Hospital was on the senator's agenda  along with and an announcement of $10 million in federal funding for the Mercy Hospital system to launch a cancer care program.

"Cancer touches all of us; unfortunately and there's not anybody who hasn't been affected by cancer," Mullin said. "The idea that care can be given here with loved ones that's going to be around and supporting staff, friends... it makes a big difference."

This funding sets the foundation for a new standalone cancer center in Ada with the help of local partners.

"Just being able to bring the state, bring tribal presence, Senator Mullin and all the help he gave to bring a type of care to rural Oklahoma that we haven't seen really ever... it's incredibly exciting and great for the people of Oklahoma," said state Senate Majority Floor Leader Greg McCortney (R-District 13).

The hospital is seeing an influx in cancer patients, and reaching capacity.

"It'll be about $37 million to get it done, but it brings together all of the oncologists and physicians, the services, the nursing care, infusions, radiation... all the diagnostics all under one roof where somebody can receive the best care," said Mercy Ada president Terence Farrell.

Mullin ended the day with the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training discussing the future of education for police personnel.