In a move that expands its footprint in the Tampa Bay area, Moffitt Cancer Center recently broke ground on a 200,000-square-foot outpatient facility on its McKinley campus.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Feb. 1. Special guests and speakers included Moffitt CEO Alan List, survivor Ron Giovannelli, State Surgeon General John Armstrong, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, Florida Rep. James W. Grant and founder H. Lee Moffitt.
The $74.2 million project was made possible by a 30-acre land donation from the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County, as well as support from the Florida Legislature.
“We are so grateful that the city and county have stood in full support of Moffitt’s mission — to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer — since we opened,” said Alan F. List, M.D., Moffitt president and CEO. “And this new facility would not have been possible without the foresight and vision of our Florida Legislature, including the tireless efforts of Rep. James Grant and Sen. Ronda Storms.”
The new McKinley facility will include clinics, an ambulatory surgery center, infusion and imaging facilities, research labs, and space for blood draws. Approximately $54.2 million will be spent on the eight-story building and parking garage, with $20 million being the estimated cost necessary to equip it.
According to the company, the clinics will include screening services moved from Moffitt Cancer Center Screening and Prevention’s location on Fowler Avenue. The four new ambulatory surgery suites will serve patients with cancers including breast, melanoma, head and neck, and sarcoma. Clinical space will include breast and skin cancer programs, as well as associated imaging. Accompanying the medical services areas will be offices, administration facilities and dining areas.
The new facility, slated to open in 2015, is the first phase of the McKinley campus expansion. Moffitt’s McKinley campus–located less than a mile from the cancer center’s main campus—opened in 2009.
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