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M. D. Anderson Banner Cancer Center Construction Begins

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MDABCC_Night.jpgLeaders from M. D. Anderson and Banner Health broke ground today on the M D Anderson Banner Cancer Center. An event to mark the occasion took place on the campus of Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Ariz.

Targeted to open in fall 2011, the new center will deliver cancer care to patients in Arizona through M. D. Anderson's collaboration with Banner Health, the state's leading nonprofit health care system.

"Banner Health is proud to join forces with M. D. Anderson to fight the battle against cancer," says Peter S. Fine, Banner Health president and CEO. "This groundbreaking marks a major milestone in the vision of our two organizations to provide access to a new level of cancer care in Arizona."

Announced in May, M. D. Anderson Banner Cancer Center will include a 120,000-square-foot, three-story building dedicated to outpatient services including physician clinics, medical imaging, radiation oncology, infusion therapy and many support services. It's this building that began construction today. The center will treat inpatients on two floors inside Banner Gateway Medical Center.

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"Breaking ground on this facility is exciting and real evidence of the commitment that our combined teams have made to those afflicted with cancer in Arizona," says John Mendelsohn, M.D., president of M. D. Anderson. "It's exciting to see our big plans show tangible progress as we prepare for the real work ahead -- reducing the burden of this disease."

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M. D. Anderson Banner Cancer Center will support the multidisciplinary care approach pioneered at M. D. Anderson, which includes individual areas for specific cancers. It also will feature many of the healing environment concepts upon which Banner Gateway Medical Center was built in 2007, along with the most advanced technology and electronic recordkeeping systems.

The center represents a $107 million project funded by nonprofit Banner Health through bonds. In addition, the Banner Health Foundation will engage the community in a fundraising campaign to support this project.




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