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M. D. Anderson Orlando Opens New Patient Facility

M. D. Anderson Orlando Opens New Patient Facility
M. D. Anderson News Release 01/23/03

After 12 years of serving patients in central Florida, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando is expanding its campus to offer enhanced cancer care services.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, will unveil a new multidisciplinary patient care facility that stands 10 stories high, spans 220,000 square feet and houses new treatment areas and 10 specialty clinics. The $63 million construction project is funded through funds raised by M. D. Anderson Orlando.

"The opening of our state-of-the-art building marks an important milestone in our commitment to use every available resource to defeat cancer," says Clarence Brown, M.D., president and chief executive officer of M. D. Anderson Orlando. "We're bringing all of our areas of expertise together - expert medical staff, technology, research, inpatient and outpatient care - and making them more accessible to patients under one roof."

M. D. Anderson Orlando serves approximately 4,000 patients per year, a number expected to increase at a 10 percent growth rate per year over the next three years. There are 15 full-time physicians on staff, 20 contracting physicians with staff privileges and more than 300 employees at M. D. Anderson Orlando.

In the new facility, there are 10 specialty sections, each led by a medical oncologist, radiation therapist and surgeon trained in specific disease sites including breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, neurologic, thoracic/head and neck cancers, as well as leukemia,
myeloma/lymphoma and melanoma/sarcoma. Palliative and supportive care will also be available. The new facility will feature the newest technology for the diagnosis, screening and treatment of cancer, as well as comprehensive cancer education and prevention programs.

M. D. Anderson Orlando was created in 1990 through an affiliation between M. D. Anderson Outreach Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Orlando Regional Medical Center. M. D. Anderson Orlando began operating as Orlando Cancer Center and accepted its first patient   Jan.14, 1991. In recognition of its success, the center was renamed M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando in 1994.

Under the partnership, M. D. Anderson faculty members in Houston consult with Orlando physicians on patient cases via sophisticated teleconferencing, and offer long-distance educational seminars and professional exchanges. Houston and Orlando physicians often travel back and forth giving lectures and sharing research information. Patients under treatment at M. D. Anderson Orlando have access to clinical trials offered in Houston.


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