Baptist Health building new $400 million cancer center

01/29/2014 5:57 PM

01/29/2014 6:05 PM

Baptist Health South Florida, the largest non-profit hospital network in Miami-Dade, announced plans on Wednesday to build a new, $400 million cancer treatment and research center to open in 2016 at Baptist’s main campus in Miami.

The center will combine clinical treatment, a cancer research lab, and the first proton therapy facility in South Florida, Baptist Health officials said, .

Chief Executive Brian Keeley said in a written statement that Baptist Health will recruit “nationally renowned experts’’ to lead the new cancer treatment and research center, with the aim of making the facility “a world-class destination.’’

Construction on the four-story, 370,000-square-foot center, to be named The Miami Cancer Institute, is scheduled to start in July.

Baptist officials say it will be among a handful of cancer centers in the nation to provide proton therapy, a treatment that beams radiation directly to the tumor while avoiding healthy tissue.

The center also will perform bone marrow transplants, infusion chemotherapy and radiation therapies, and other clinical services, as well as robotic surgery with an emphasis on gynecology-oncology and thoracic surgery.

Baptist Health operates seven hospitals in Miami-Dade, and more than 30 outpatient and urgent care centers from Monroe to Broward counties. Baptist Health also is one of South Florida’s top private employers, with more than 15,000 employees.

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