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'Lantern of Hope' Shines in Arizona

Conquest - Fall 2011


Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Opens


By Jacqueline Mason

Edgardo Rivera, M.D. (left), Banner's 
medical director, celebrates the lighting
of the "Lantern of Hope" with Margaret
Row, M.D., MD Anderson's associate
vice president for Global Clinical 
Programs, and Peter Fine, CEO of 
Banner Health.

On Sept. 26, cancer patients began passing beneath the "Lantern of Hope" that marks the entrance to the new Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz.

The steel structure, which is nearly 70 feet tall, rises above an open-air pavilion at the entrance to the cancer center, which houses:

  • Physician clinics
  • Radiation and chemotherapy treatment rooms
  • Diagnostic imaging suites

In this new facility, patients receive the first multidisciplinary clinical care sanctioned by MD Anderson doctors outside the Houston area.

The aluminum leaf and branch patterns adorning the lantern sculpture are designed to look like the paloverde tree. Native to Arizona, the tree is known for its ability to survive the dry desert heat while providing protection for animals and plants under its canopy.

Designers intended the lantern, which is illuminated every evening at dusk and visible for miles, to be a distinguishable landmark of hope in the community.

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