University of Kentucky’s health care system UK HealthCare has announced plans for new outpatient cancer treatment centre and advanced ambulatory complex.

The design phase of the project has secured approval from the University of Kentucky (UK) board of trustees’ health care committee and is due to receive full board approval.

With an estimated 260,000ft2 area for cancer services, the proposed advanced ambulatory and cancer complex will be equipped to provide patient care services and ambulatory services.

It is also expected to ease the access for the UK Markey Cancer Center (MCC), which is affiliated with the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare.

UK health affairs executive vice-president Dr Mark Newman said: “Kentucky continues to rank first in the nation for deaths from cancer and with the number of patients at UK Markey Cancer Center more than doubling in the past decade, there is no place where the need is greater.”

The proposed complex will include space for other advanced ambulatory (outpatient) clinics and structured parking.

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It will feature outpatient operating rooms, procedures rooms, diagnostics and imaging services, pharmacy and lab services as well as room for meetings and support services.

UK Markey Cancer Center director Dr Mark Evers said: “This new complex is vital for our multidisciplinary cancer team in diagnosing and treating our current and future patients and in our efforts to meet NCI standards in cancer prevention, clinical services and research to receive designation as a ‘Comprehensive Care Center.”

Concurrently, the board of trustees of the University of Kentucky has approved the lease of space for by Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital’s UK Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).

UK HealthCare will use the space to provide outpatient services, which is currently offered by Cardinal Hill, which is operated by Encompass Health. The services are planned to start in the late summer or early fall.