Groundbreaking of New Phoenix Cancer Center

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:00am
Ceremony marking construction of new University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in downtown Phoenix
                                                                                                                                      
Please join us for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in downtown Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m.
 
The new outpatient clinic at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus will go up at 625 N. 6th St., on the northwest corner of Fillmore and Seventh streets. The construction schedule calls for the new facility to open in 2015.
 
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, UA President Ann Weaver Hart, Dignity Health Arizona President and Chief Executive Officer Linda Hunt, UA Cancer Center Director David S. Alberts, MD, and Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall are scheduled to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony.
 
The 220,000-square-foot, $100 million cancer clinic will offer comprehensive cancer services, including infusion, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopic/interventional radiology, a breast center, specialized cancer clinics, patient wellness and support services, a prevention/executive health clinic, clinical lab space, research programs and initiatives and other related support spaces.
 
Under an affiliation agreement approved by the Arizona Board of Regents and Dignity Health Arizona, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center will operate outpatient services at the new downtown facility as well at its hospital campus.
 
The UA Cancer Center is one of just 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. It is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona.
 
News media can park on site for the groundbreaking but must contact the College of Medicine – Phoenix public affairs office at (602) 827-2022 for instructions.
 
Contact: Sara Hammond, UA Cancer Center, (520) 626-2277 or shammond@uacc.arizona.edu
Al Bravo, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, (602) 827-2022 or bravoal@email.arizona.edu
Lynne Reaves, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, (602) 406-4734 or Debbie.reaves@dignityhealth.com
 
About The University of Arizona Cancer Center
The University of Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in Arizona. The UACC is supported by NCI Cancer Center Support Grant number CA023074. With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the Cancer Center has more than a dozen research and education offices in Phoenix and throughout the state and 300 physician and scientist members work together to prevent and cure cancer. For more information, go to www.arizonacancercenter.org
 
About St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Located in the heart of Phoenix, Ariz., St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 607-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services with special advocacy for the poor and underserved. St. Joseph’s is a nationally recognized center for quality tertiary care, medical education and research. It includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Heart & Lung Institute, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, and a Level I Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. U.S. News & World Report routinely ranks St. Joseph’s among the best hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery.
 
About the Phoenix Biomedical Campus
The Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) is a 30-acre urban medical and bioscience campus planned for more than 6 million square feet of biomedical-related research, academic and clinical facilities. The city of Phoenix's vision of the PBC is to create a world-class urban academic healthcare campus focused on research and clinical care; advance science and improve patient care through collaboration; attract knowledge workers and create an educated workforce; deliver sustainable, high-wage jobs and spark private sector investment in the biosciences. For more information on the PBC and the bioindustry in Phoenix, visit biomedicalphoenix.com.