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University Of Arizona Cancer Center Marks Opening Of New Phoenix Facility

Officials with University of Arizona Cancer Center at the Saint Joseph’s Hospital celebrated the opening of the new facility in downtown Phoenix.
(Photo by Carrie Jung - KJZZ)
Officials with University of Arizona Cancer Center at the Saint Joseph’s Hospital celebrated the opening of the new facility in downtown Phoenix.

Officials with University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital held a ceremony Thursday to mark the opening of the new facility in downtown Phoenix.

The new center is one of about 40 other facilities nationwide designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, which means it has a research focus and offers clinical trials to patients.

City Councilwoman Kate Gallego was among several elected officials to attend the ceremony. She said the facility is the latest addition to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which is a larger city effort to invest in the medical and bioscience industries.

"We want to build an innovation based economy that will have a wide variety of different sectors," said Gallego. "So that if one sector such as housing has a downturn we have a lot of other areas where jobs are continuing to grow."

Medical staff will begin seeing patients at the new center on Aug. 24.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.