Phoenix Children’s Hospital broke ground today for a $15 million cancer center on its campus at 20th Street and Thomas Road.
The project comes at a time when the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is at full capacity. PCH treats more children and teens with cancer, hemophilia and sickle cell than anywhere else in Arizona.
In 2015, the center accommodated 22,000 patient appointments, up from 8,900 in 2007. The survival rate at PCH is more than 80 percent.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and his wife Amy are honorary chairs of the Hope Lives Here campaign to raise money for the new cancer center.
The new center will have treatment rooms on site, which means patients won’t have to be transferred to operating rooms for simple procedures.
PCH is part of the Pediatric Cancer MoonShot Consortium, which has children’s hospitals from all over the nation working together on innovative cancer treatments and research in conjunction with the Chan Soon-Shiong Children‘s Precision Medicine Institution.
The cancer center is expected to open the same time PCH’s new $40 million emergency department is completed, in 2017.