March 15, 2019 by John Fernandez
Miami Cancer Institute Grand Opening (Video)
A ceremonial ribbon cutting on a picture-perfect South Florida evening officially marked the opening of Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida.
The state-of-the art, $430 million facility brings Baptist Health’s outpatient cancer services together under one roof to offer 305,000 square feet of world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Its 140,000-square-foot research building will accommodate an extensive clinical trials team, genomic medicine laboratory and clinical space planned for bone marrow transplant – amongst other services. Construction of the facility began in 2014.
The evening’s other big announcement, the clinical and research alliance with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, one of the leading academic cancer centers in the world. As a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, the Institute will afford patients access to highly advanced clinical trials, clinical standards of care and investigator-initiated research.
(Video: Miami Cancer Institute officially opened with a celebration theme of “Launching Excellence and Celebrating Hope.”)
Miami Cancer Institute will also house a Proton Therapy Center, which will be the only center of its kind in the region and one of only 14 in the United States. Proton therapy spares healthy tissue and eliminates many of the side effects of conventional radiation treatment. It also reduces the risk of damage to bones and soft tissues in the periphery of tumors.
The Baptist Health South Florida News Team was there to capture the sights and sounds of this historic grand opening that will change the face of cancer care for South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean.