On Wednesday, July 27, City of Hope Orange County gave current City of Hope patients a first look at the newly completed $1 billion cancer center in Irvine.
Located on a sprawling campus with views of Silverado Canyon, the 197,000-square-foot facility will become Orange County’s most technologically advanced cancer center once it officially opens in late August.
Inside you will find more than 60 exam rooms, 43 infusion bays, which were designed with patient input, and the Hope Boutique, a full-service salon, featuring oncology-trained cosmetologists who help patients with customized cosmetology services, breast prostheses and more.
In tandem with cutting-edge technology, which includes three LINAC rooms for radiation treatment, City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center is set to become a future hub of 575 physicians and 1,000 cancer-specific scientists and researchers in Irvine.
With that research at hand, Annette Walker, president of City of Hope Orange County, explained that City of Hope’s newest cancer center in Irvine will also host a vast number of clinical trials.
From Walker’s perspective, clinical trials become a pathway for pioneering future, undiscovered treatment.
“With the opening of City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center, we are delivering on our promise to the people of Orange County and changing cancer care for our family, friends and neighbors,” Walker said. “Four years ago, we pledged to bring the most advanced cancer care to Orange County, home to 3.2 million people. As we open our cancer center’s doors, our highly committed teams join the community in celebrating the delivery of tomorrow’s lifesaving treatments to those who need them today. Hope is truly here in Orange County.”
Edward S. Kim, M.D., M.B.A., physician-in-chief at City of Hope Orange County, and vice physician-in-chief, City of Hope National Medical Center, joined Walker on Wednesday, adding that he hope to see a positive ripple effect in cancer treatment with this new facility.
“This extraordinary cadre of preeminent cancer physician-scientists changes the Orange County landscape. Our physician roster comprises many of the best minds in the world for preventing, treating, and curing cancer,” he said. “With their highly specialized expertise, distinguished history of research breakthroughs and compassionate approach, this team will transform our ability to address cancer for generations.”
Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan welcomed City of Hope Orange County, adding that the addition of the facility will innovate medical care locally, and that this cancer-specific care is a perfect fit for Irvine, and Orange County.
“City of Hope Orange County is well-matched for Irvine, heightening our city’s reputation for pioneering innovation. This is an outstanding health care resource for the community and brings great promise to many,” Khan said. “The center has already attracted exceptional health care professionals eager to save lives and offer our friends and neighbors a tremendous source of hope.”
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