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Construction of an expansion to the Arizona Cancer Center-University Medical Center Orange Grove clinic was marked with a ground breaking ceremony Jan. 20 at 1891 W. Orange Grove Rd.
When completed early in 2011, the 12,000-square-foot expansion will house a radiation oncology facility with state-of-the-art precision technology that can treat up to 40 patients a day.
"Radiation oncology services will complement our hematology oncology services already here," said Greg Pivirotto, UMC's chief executive officer.
“We are excited to get started to bring care closer to our patients on the northwest side of Tucson," said Kevin Burns, chief operating officer of UMC.
"The population is growing in northwest Tucson. This is the beginning of many satellite operations," said Baldassarre Stea, MD, chairman of the University of Arizona's Department of Radiation Oncology, whose physicians will staff the expanded facility.
Arizona Cancer Center physicians hold clinics at the Orange Grove facility in the specialties of medical oncology, surgical oncology, hematology and breast surgery.
The UMC Orange Grove expansion is being managed by Town West Design Development, a Tucson-based design-build firm specializing in build-to-suit projects such as medical facilities, professional offices, retail and mixed-use buildings. The firm takes a project from concept to paper and through construction, giving its client a unique “one-stop” resource.
University Medical Center is a 399-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. Working in partnership with the Arizona Cancer Center, a center of excellence at the University of Arizona, UMC provides complete cancer therapy and treatment to Arizonans and others affected by cancer. Cancer patients also receive treatment at the Arizona Cancer Center at UMC North.