Plans progressing for comprehensive presence in Phoenix

Plans progressing for comprehensive presence in Phoenix

Leadership of The Arizona Cancer Center has briefed the Arizona Board of Regents about plans to develop a full service outpatient cancer treatment clinic and research facility in downtown Phoenix.

By 2013, plans call for The Arizona Cancer Center facility to be operational at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Clinical operations will start in leased space, also in downtown Phoenix, by mid-2010, said Thomas D. Brown, MD, MBA, the cancer center’s chief operating officer.

Locating in the state’s population center will enable The Arizona Cancer Center to have access to the patients the institution is dedicated to serve and to professional talent, institutional collaborators and philanthropic support, Dr. Brown told the Regents on Dec. 4.

Plans call for a 250,000-square-foot clinic with multidisciplinary services including the range of physician specialties; pharmacy, nursing and other supportive services; chemotherapy infusion, outpatient surgery, radiation oncology, and clinical research trials.

The estimated total cost of the project is less than $140 million. Dr. Brown said projected revenues from the clinic will cover the construction, finance and clinical program development costs.

“State-of-the-art care will be delivered by world-class cancer experts in a patient-centered environment,” Dr. Brown said. “Our vision is to develop the premiere cancer center in the Phoenix metropolitan area serving as a statewide, national and international resource.”

After one decade of operation, Dr. Brown said approximately one-quarter of patients suffering from cancer in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona will be cared for through this center of excellence. By that time, 100 full-time academic physicians and researchers will staff the facility. The project will be a model for translational research offering patients access to all of the benefits of an academic health care campus, Dr. Brown said.

The Arizona Cancer Center will represent the leading edge of the research and patient care efforts of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University.