Groundbreaking for University of Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix

Janice Yu

Groundbreaking for University of Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix

CREATED Feb. 21, 2013

Web Producer: Janice Yu

PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV) - A groundbreaking for the University of Arizona Cancer Center in downtown Phoenix took place on Feb. 22.

UACC is located at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Dignity Health outpatient facility on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

“This groundbreaking reflects the University of Arizona’s commitment to bettering the lives of all Arizonans,” said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. “We are most grateful to our partners and the City of Phoenix for helping to achieve this milestone. The potent combination of leading-edge research and exemplary patient care means that today is a new day for cancer patients in Arizona.”

The center, expected to open in 2015, will provide services including, infusion, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopic and interventional radiology, a women's center, specialized cancer clinics, patient wellness and support services, a prevention and executive health clinic and a clinical lab space. This $100 million facility is five stories and 220,000 square-feet.

The new downtown center will provide outpatient services and the inpatient clinical services will provide the main hospital campus.

“We believe this facility and the extraordinary combined medical talents from St. Joseph’s and UA Cancer Center will allow us to reach new heights in providing extraordinary cancer care,” said Linda Hunt, president and chief executive officer, Dignity Health Arizona.

The UA Cancer Center is one of 41 cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. It serves as the only NCI-designated cancer center in Arizona.

“Today the University of Arizona Cancer Center begins to fulfill the promise to serve the entire state of Arizona made to former State House Speaker Burton Barr in 1982 when the Arizona Legislature approved our state funding, and to the National Cancer Institute in 2009 when it approved our Cancer Center Support Grant for the seventh time,” said David S. Alberts, MD, UACC director.

The Phoenix Biomedical Campus is located at 625 N. Sixth Street.

For updates on the construction, visit the website.