UNM Cancer Center Breaks Ground
As one of the nation’s 60 pre-eminent National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Centers and as the only cancer center in New Mexico ranked as one of “America’s Best Cancer Hospitals” byU.S. News & World Report, the groundbreaking is the first phase of construction of a new 190,000 square foot, $90 million world-class, ambulatory cancer treatment and clinical research facility. The new center will provide fully-integrated comprehensive cancer diagnosis and treatment all under one roof.
“New Mexicans deserve access to world-class health care here in their home state, surrounded by the people and places that they love, and our world-class cancer center deserves a world- class home,” said Dr. Cheryl Willman, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the UNM Cancer Center. “This facility marks the next stage in the development of our programs and our growing statewide cancer care network, creating a central hub that will allow all New Mexicans touched by cancer to have access to outstanding cancer diagnosis and treatment and the latest in advanced cancer care in a hopeful and comforting environment.”Designed for patients and their families first and foremost, the new world-class UNM Cancer Treatment and Clinical Research Facility will include many patient supportive care services, and provide the most advanced, state-of-the-art, cancer treatment in a beautiful, hopeful and caring environment. It will housestate-of-the-art clinical cancer research programs and technologies for cancer imaging, diagnosis, and therapy; radiotherapy, radiosurgery, robotic surgery; and novel radioisotopes programs in collaboration with the state’s national laboratories. The new world-class UNM Cancer Treatment and Clinical Research Facility will include:· Capacity for 200,000 patient visits per year · 4 floors and a sub-terrace level · 40 examination rooms per floor · 32 infusion suites · 2 pharmacies (1 chemo and 1 radio) · 1 clinical laboratory · 4 linear accelerators · 3 surgery suites · Facilities for professional and community cancer education including a 150 seat auditorium · Many patient amenities, including healthful food services, support programs, patient navigator programs, complementary medicine, and spiritual support and counseling for patients and families