Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams gets briefing on Arizona Cancer Center Phoenix expansion

Kirk Adams
Kirk Adams

Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Kirk Adams, R-Mesa, visited the Arizona Cancer Center April 9 to hear first-hand about the center’s expansion to Phoenix. He was accompanied by Dawn Wallace, policy advisor to the House majority for education, and Greg Fahey, University of Arizona associate vice president for government relations.

Thomas D. Brown, MD, MBA, the Arizona Cancer Center’s chief operating officer, outlined plans for a 250,000-square-foot outpatient clinic to be constructed at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix, adjacent to the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine-Phoenix.

Speaker Adams was pleased to note that the Cancer Center’s expansion will result in more than 500 jobs after a decade of operation. The new facility is expected to be initially occupied in mid-2012 and programs and staffing will grow annually.

Dr. Brown noted that research will be the underpinning of the clinic and in addition to providing transformational multidisciplinary patient care, the facility will offer cancer prevention programs to residents of the region.

Phoenix is the largest city in the United States without all the benefits of a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, Dr. Brown said.