Jan 31, 2020 10:00 AM

Author: Ashlee Harrison

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) will begin several projects to support the construction of The Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers. These projects will impact roadways and parking access at HCI, including the cancer hospital and research center. Information about the construction is available online: pdc.utah.edu/projects/kathryn-f-kirk-center/

Work will include a temporary change to Circle of Hope Drive, the road leading to HCI’s cancer hospital and research center entrances on the north side of the facility. This work will install a temporary roadway to remain in place until 2022. The temporary roadway will accommodate patient and visitor access to the entrances of HCI for the full duration of construction. The road work project was informed by a traffic study completed in 2019, and has been designed to promote safe and efficient travel for all visitors to HCI while also managing needs for construction traffic while this major expansion is built.

Patients and visitors to HCI are encouraged to plan extra travel time and follow all signs.

The Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers is a $148 million, 220,000 square-foot expansion that will provide new state-of-the-art cancer care space, including an entire floor dedicated to women’s cancers, 48 new inpatient rooms, new blood and marrow cancer treatment space, oncology faculty workspace, expanded wellness and survivorship space, and more.

Lead donors to the project include: Spencer and Kristen Kirk Family, Huntsman Foundation, Karen and Scott Smith, The Sigma Chi International Fraternity, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and dōTERRA International.

Construction on the project began in late 2019. The project is anticipated to open to patients in 2022.

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About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West. The campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital and two buildings dedicated to cancer research. Huntsman Cancer Institute provides patient care, cancer screening, and education at community clinics and affiliate hospitals throughout the Mountain West. It is consistently recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The region’s first proton therapy center opened in 2021 and a major hospital expansion is underway. Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for staff, students, patients, and communities. Advancing cancer research discoveries and treatments to meet the needs of patients who live far away from a major medical center is a unique focus. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at Huntsman Cancer Institute than at any other cancer center, including genes responsible for breast, ovarian, colon, head and neck cancers, and melanoma. Huntsman Cancer Institute was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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