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By: Christopher Connelly on 02/21/2013
University of Arizona broke ground Thursday on a new cancer center at
Saint Joseph Medical Center. The downtown Phoenix clinic will be a second
hub for the University of Arizona’s nationally designated Comprehensive Cancer
Center for the Southwest region, which is centered in Tuscon.
Marcia Gruber, the University of Arizona cancer center’s vice president in Phoenix, says that the new facility will provide services to “take care of the whole spectrum of the disease from cancer prevention, to cancer diagnosis, to cancer treatment, and to the treatment of cancer survivors.”
The University of Arizona is providing the bulk of the funding for the $100 million project. The City of Phoenix is throwing in about $14 million. Gruber says the new facility will create some 400 jobs in Phoenix.
The project has been in the works for more than five years, and the clinic is expected to be up and running by 2015.