Hospital Breaks Ground for Comprehensive Cancer Center Future facility called 'shot in the arm' for Oncology Dept. More than 750 dignitaries, leaders and supporters of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions attended last week's groundbreaking ceremony for a new, comprehensive cancer center. A reception followed at the future Hopkins subway station at the corner of Broadway and Jefferson streets. The center, which is scheduled to open in late 1997, will expand existing clinical and research space and bring under one roof many of the departments involved in the treatment of cancer patients. James Block, president of Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System, said the cancer center is a result of an array of partnerships, and thanked representatives from JHMI, the university, local, state and federal governments and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Block also noted the hospital's fourth consecutive rating as best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and said he was confident the new facility would be the "No. 1 cancer center in the United States." "The Cancer Center is an enormous shot in the arm for our oncology faculty and for related faculty in such crucial areas as pathology and radiology," said Michael Johns, dean of the School of Medicine. "With new facilities, and new state-of-the-art equipment, and most of all world-class space, our faculty can get about their business of moving science from the lab bench to the bedside. Nobody does it better." University President William Richardson praised the combined efforts of hospital and university. "I can think of no more apt or fitting monument to the work these two great institutions have already accomplished than this new building, devoted to improving diagnosis, refining treatment and one day discovering a cure to one of the few remaining great pestilences known to modern man," Dr. Richardson said. "I look forward to the time when we may open the doors of this new building to help the residents of Baltimore, of Maryland and, in a larger sense, of all humankind in the battle against cancer." The center is being funded by a $30.5 million state initiative and by private support. The subway station is expected to open next year.
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