LANCASTER — Because many cancer patients find it difficult to travel long distances for the care they need, City of Hope — in partnership with Antelope Valley Hospital — has opened a full-service cancer center in Lancaster. The brand-new City of Hope | Antelope Valley Cancer and Community Education Center opened its doors last week, offering a full range of diagnostic and treatment services plus space for conferences and events.
“City of Hope is proud to provide access to our uniquely compassionate, patient-centered care within the community of Lancaster and Antelope Valley,” said City of Hope President Robert Stone. “The opening of City of Hope | Antelope Valley is an important milestone in our strategic initiative to increase access to our uniquely patient-centered care. With more people than ever impacted by cancer, both patients and their families will benefit from receiving high-quality treatment close to home.”
City of Hope held a grand opening ceremony and tour Nov. 21 at the new facility. Approximately 250 people came out to support the event.
Vijay Trisal, M.D., medical director of City of Hope’s community practices, thanked the staff at City of Hope and Antelope Valley Hospital and said their efforts and collaboration made the facility possible.
“For many years, our institutions have joined forces to bring top-quality cancer treatment to the Antelope Valley,” Trisal said. “This brand new, state-of-the-art facility bolsters that relationship with more renowned doctors, treating a wider variety of cancers, using a wider variety of therapies, new technology that is unparalleled in this region and offering clinical trials of the latest treatments.”
The 56,195-square-foot, two-story facility was designed to offer patients a complete range of cancer services, with spaces for diagnostic and treatment procedures, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The building also houses office space for physicians and support staff, a conference center and a 172-seat auditorium.
“Antelope Valley Hospital is proud to partner with City of Hope on this important milestone,” said Pam Hinson, interim administrator for Antelope Valley Hospital. “Expanding the availability of local cancer care is a great benefit to patients and their families.”
The opening of City of Hope | Antelope Valley will provide patients not only with a state-of-the-art hospital building, but also innovative treatment options, including the ability to enroll in City of Hope clinical trials, as well as the medical expertise from one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer care.
“Instead of having to drive hours to and from our Duarte campus, patients can now receive our comprehensive services and leading-edge treatment approaches in their own community,” Trisal said.
City of Hope | Antelope Valley is located at 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster. For more information on the new facility, visit http://www.cityofhope.org/antelope-valley.