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Huntsman Cancer Institute to Dedicate Major Expansion of Cancer Hospital

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Oct 28, 2011 1:00 AM



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Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Linda Aagard
Public Affairs, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Huntsman Cancer Institute to Dedicate Major Expansion of Cancer Hospital October 28
The 156,000-square-foot Addition Provides More Room for

Patients and Research

Salt Lake City— On October 28 at 11 a.m., Huntsman Cancer Institute dedicates its new state-of-the-art $100 million expansion of its cancer hospital. More than 500 guests, including cancer survivors from the area, will attend. Guest speakers include former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Governor Gary Herbert.

Designed by Architectural Nexus and built by Okland Construction, the 156,000-square-foot addition brings new, innovative facilities to the hospital, furthering its status as one of the preeminent cancer centers in the world. Jon M. Huntsman remarked, "As a cancer survivor, I have often visualized how a modern hospital could best treat cancer patients. This dedication ceremony marks the realization of that vision. With the hospital addition's new technologies and patient-centered facilities, Huntsman Cancer Institute is one of the finest and most complete cancer centers anywhere in the world."

"Since 2005, we have been operating at full capacity in inpatient beds, operating rooms, and outpatient clinics," said Mary Beckerle, PhD, HCI CEO and Director. "We have also more than doubled the size of our clinical and translational research programs. The hospital expansion provides further opportunity to bring the most promising research discoveries to the patient's bedside. One of HCI's guiding principles is that research is the key to defeat cancer, and translating that research into clinical applications is at the core of what we want to accomplish at HCI."

Designed with input from cancer survivors and health care professionals, the expanded hospital doubles HCI's patient capacity and will provide many new features and services. The hospital will now offer:

  • 100 inpatient rooms
  • 102 outpatient exam/procedure rooms
  • 8 operating rooms
  • Expanded personalized medicine clinics
  • Expanded Cancer Learning Center
  • New imaging technologies, including intraoperative MRI
  • New Center for Breast Health
  • New Center for Infusion and Advanced Therapeutics
  • Expanded Wellness and Survivorship Center

Jon Huntsman Jr., former director of HCI's fundraising arm, Huntsman Cancer Foundation, said, "It has always been the goal of Huntsman Cancer Institute to provide hope and healing for those with cancer. Now, with the capacity to treat twice the number of patients, Huntsman Cancer Institute can reach out to many more people carrying the burden of this disease."

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About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is one of the world’s top academic research and cancer treatment centers. HCI manages the Utah Population Database - the largest genetic database in the world, with more than 16 million records linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. Using this data, HCI researchers have identified cancer-causing genes, including the genes responsible for melanoma, colon and breast cancer, and paraganglioma. HCI is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (a 23-member alliance of the world's leading cancer centers) and is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and operates several high-risk clinics that focus on melanoma and breast, colon, and pancreas cancers. The HCI Cancer Learning Center for patient and public education contains one of the nation's largest collections of cancer-related publications. The institute is named after Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., a Utah philanthropist, industrialist, and cancer survivor.