Groundbreaking for future full-service cancer center

(L to R) Assemblyman Steve Knight; Michael Friedman, M.D., CEO, City of Hope; Robert Stone, President, City of Hope; Edward Mirzabegian, CEO, Antelope Valley Hospital; Mayor R. Rex Parris, City of Lancaster; Gary Bruno, CEO, G.L. Bruno & Associates, Inc.; Berna Mayer, Board Member, Antelope Valley Healthcare District; Vijay Trisal, M.D., City of Hope; John Manning, M.D., Board Member, Antelope Valley Healthcare District; Don Parazo, M.D., Board Chair, Antelope Valley Healthcare District.

LANCASTER – Nearly 200 community, medical and government leaders attended a ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the future City of Hope | Antelope Valley Cancer and Community Education Center.

The new 56,195-square-foot, 2-story medical and education center will house the City of Hope | Antelope Valley full-service cancer center, along with a conference center and 172-seat auditorium, and space for physician offices.

The facility will expand the vital cancer services offered in the Antelope Valley, and will offer a full range of innovative diagnostic and treatment options, clinical trials and research, as well as a complete support system designed to assist the patient through the entire treatment process.

The groundbreaking celebration highlighted architectural renderings of the future facility and included presentations by representatives from the Antelope Valley Healthcare District, City of Hope, and elected officials.

“City of Hope and Antelope Valley Hospital share a mission of providing care for those in need,” said Michael Friedman, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of City of Hope. “With the new cancer and community education center, we look forward to expanding the cancer services City of Hope currently provides to the Antelope Valley community, and sharing the full extent of our scientific knowledge, medical expertise and compassionate care.”

“Our partnership with City of Hope and the creation of the City of Hope | Antelope Valley Cancer and Community Education Center is another significant step in our continuing efforts to provide the most advanced care close to home for the residents of the community we serve,” said Antelope Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer Edward Mirzabegian.

The new cancer treatment and community education facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013 at 44515 15th Street West in Lancaster.

An exterior rendering of the future City of Hope | Antelope Valley Cancer and Community Education Center, slated to open in the fall of 2013.

(Information via press release from Antelope Valley Hospital.)

  11 comments for “Groundbreaking for future full-service cancer center

  1. Tina Marie
    October 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

    something’s not right with the address. When you put it on google maps and do street view, you’re right on top of the AV retirement facility.

    • billy ballesteros
      December 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Just in need of more jobs in the AV. “MORE” jobs more money right?
      tired of hearing sorry we just cant hire right now.

  2. Matt K.
    October 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    When you consider the estimate that 1 in 3 Americans will be effected by cancer (either themselves or through a relative or friend), this facility makes sense.

    I knew a guy who was suffering from lung cancer and had to drive to Los Angeles for chemotherapy treatments because that’s where his HMO sent him. His wife told me that, on days when he had to drive down the hill by himself, when he would get home she would have to meet him in the garage and collect his clothes because they would sometimes be saturated with vomit, as he would have to stop alongside the freeway and throw up several times on his way home.

    The man I am speaking of is no longer with us. He went to be with the Lord this past April.

    I’m glad to have City of Hope as part of our community!

    • mike rives
      October 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      The City of Hope facility is not free. When I mentioned that I wanted to see if it will provide some slack for cancer patients who are uninsured, I was chopped down by Dr. John Manning who is running for re-election. He said I was tring to micro-manage. No, I was trying to find out if some dying and suffering AV residents were going to get a break. You can have 50 City of Hope centers, but if you can’t afford treatment, it is as good as having none of them.

      • Matt K.
        October 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        Of course it’s not free! If you need free or low-cost treatment, you’ll have to go to the LA County medical facility that is being built on Avenue I and 5th Street East.

        If you refer to the article on this site regarding the groundbreaking, it stated that this county facility would have an oncology clinic and a cancer center. In addition, people in the county health system have access to top-notch UCLA and USC medical facilities should they need them.

        To remark that it’s “as good as having none” was not a very responsible thing to say.

      • Eris
        October 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        “When I mentioned that I wanted to see if it will provide some slack for cancer patients who are uninsured, ”

        Considering the average incomes in this valley, this is a viable question. Looks like all this posturing/bs is being established for the future Tejon Ranch.

        • Tina Marie
          October 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

          There are also lots of people in this Valley and in the surrounding towns and communities that have health insurance plans that will pay for it. I’m talking about from Canyon Country and Acton all the way up to Tehachapi, Ridgecrest and Bishop. City of Hope wouldn’t bother investing in it if they think it was a flop. Lots of their patients travel down to Duarte from the AV already.

          Nothings ever good enough for our jealous Class Warfare experts like “eris” and “mike rives”

          • Hector
            October 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

            The lazy-poor are Eris’ contemporaries. Eris has a problem with people who are successful…thinks they’re selfich and evil.

          • Hector
            October 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

            And don’t hate me for that typo.

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