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Johns Hopkins Cancer Center Using $65M Gift for New Patient Care Building

Updated: Thursday, May 8 2014, 06:04 PM EDT

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins received a $65 million gift which it will use for the construction of a new patient care building. The building will be named for the late Albert P. "Skip" Viragh, Jr., a Maryland philanthropist who died of pancreas cancer in 2003 at age 62.

The Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building is slated for completion in 2017 on the southeast corner of Fayette Street and North Broadway in East Baltimore.

"The new building will be far more than a place for physician visits and diagnostic scans," William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center said. "It will be the place where we’ll explore novel ways to deliver cancer care and cures."

According to Nelson outpatient cancer care in the US is expected to increase by 35-40% over the next 10-15 years. The Skip Viragh Building will accommodate all adult medical oncology patient consultations and house multidisciplinary treatment clinics modeled on one established for pancreas cancer patients.

"Patients with many different types of cancer will be able to get all of their services in this building, including visits, laboratory testing, clinical trials, radiology, and chemotherapy, greatly increasing the comfort and efficiency of their treatment experience at the Kimmel Cancer Center," Nelson said.

Facilities and services in the building will include:

-An estimated 50 exam rooms;
-Advanced cancer imaging, including MRI, PET-CT, ultrasound, flash CT and sonography;
-Spaces for family conferences and tumor board meetings;
-Breast health services, including nutritional counseling and fitness evaluation;
-Patient support group space;
-A patient and family education room for chemotherapy classes and general cancer education;
-Phlebotomy services; and
-An outpatient pharmacy.

A construction firm has not yet been finalized.  

Johns Hopkins Cancer Center Using $65M Gift for New Patient Care Building

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