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January 19, 2012

Nebraska Medical Centers to set up new cancer facility

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Nebraska Medical Center in the US have unveiled plans to set up a new cancer treatment and research facility.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Nebraska Medical Center in the US have unveiled plans to set up a new cancer care and research facility.

The new project is expected to include a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic, a 98-lab research tower and a hospital tower with 108 beds for oncology patients. The project plans also call for construction of a fourth building, an ambulatory care clinic, which will provide outpatient clinic space for the new medical centre’s various programmes outside the field of cancer. New parking structures are too part of the design for the new cancer centre, medical center officials said.

The Nebraska Medical Center president and CEO Glenn Fosdick said having patient care areas and research in one location is convenient for patients and will allow medical teams to collaborate on patient care. UNMC president James Milliken added, "Nebraska has an opportunity to make an investment now that will serve the people of the state well into the future. We are delighted that our partners in the legislature are joining us to help build a stronger, more competitive Nebraska, which is a central part of our mission."

The project is expected to cost around $370m, but no construction date has been set. Funding sources are still being sought, including $50m from the state of Nebraska to support the construction of the cancer research tower.

Building the new project will require the demolition of Swanson Hall, which includes offices for UNMC physicians, staff and researchers.

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