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Huntsman Cancer Institute Breaks Ground for Expansion

Nov 11, 2008 9:00 AM

Cancer survivors and friends of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah joined Jon M. and Karen Huntsman in a celebration of hope at the official groundbreaking of the cancer hospital expansion on October 31. In addition to Mr. and Mrs. Huntsman, featured speakers included Utah State Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., University of Utah President Michael K. Young, Senator Orrin Hatch, President Thomas M. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics CEO David Entwistle.

The expansion was announced in March. Since then, the architect and builder have been selected—Architectural Nexus and Okland Construction, respectively—and the original plans have been enlarged—from 120,000-square-feet to 156,000 square feet. The expansion will be located to the northeast of the existing hospital building and is scheduled for completion in 2011.

 “When we dedicated the first phase of Huntsman Cancer Institute in 1999, we promised that this would only be the beginning of our cancer campus,” Jon M. Huntsman said. “Then we opened the hospital in 2004, and almost immediately it began operating at capacity.  We must conquer this terrible disease so that no individual will suffer from cancer again.  Through translational research and medicine, we must put this curse behind us like we did polio and small pox.  This hospital expansion will provide extra space to serve and heal our patients.  We will win this battle.”

Details of the expansion include:
• 50 additional inpatient rooms
• 25 additional outpatient exam rooms
• 4 additional operating rooms
• Expanded personalized medicine clinics
• Expanded Cancer Learning Center
• Expanded molecular imaging technologies
• New Breast Health Center
• New Center for Investigational Therapeutics
• Expanded Wellness and Survivorship Center

“The University of Utah, and indeed, the entire population of Utah, has been the beneficiary of the Huntsman family’s extraordinary generosity and vision to fight cancer for many years,” said Michael Young, President, University of Utah. “The cancer hospital’s expansion builds upon this heritage, providing the necessary room to grow much needed programs, both in cancer research and in cancer treatment.”  

"Research is the hope for improving cancer detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention" said Mary Beckerle, PhD, HCI Executive Director. "The integration of research discoveries with clinical care is at the core of what we want to accomplish at HCI. The expansion of our cancer hospital will allow us to bring healing and hope to more of those in need."

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