MISSION VIEJO >> A new four-story building dedicated to cancer research and treatment is slated to open across from Mission Hospital in Summer 2019, providing a local resource for residents in South Orange County who are dealing with any form of the deadly disease.
The Mission Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Institute, a planned 104,000-square-foot facility, will include extensive medical office space for physicians dedicated to care for patients with cancer and other specialty needs, officials announced.
Groundbreaking on the project, which will be adjacent to the Shops at Mission Viejo, is expected in January.
“It’s important to widen the scope of what we’re providing to the community,” said Tarek Salaway, chief executive of Mission Hospital. “This was an opportunity for us to see what we could do differently and how we could go about establishing the footprint for fighting cancer.”
The facility will cost $40 million to construct. Officials said the money will be raised through philanthropic endeavors.
Salaway said the hospital hopes to have raised between $25 and $30 million by the start of 2019.
The center will complement and expand the hospital’s oncology nursing and inpatient clinical services with a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to treatment based on the clinical research and evidence-based practice. The treatment will be personalized to each patient’s specific tumor and type of cancer.
Tad Heitmann, chair of the Orange County Regional Council for the American Cancer Society, said the new center will reduce travel times for residents in South Orange County, who would otherwise have to travel to UCI Medical Center in Orange for cancer treatment.
“Traveling long distances for treatment may not seem like a big deal, but when you’re beaten down and exhausted, or have a greater risk of infection, having a center close to you is important,” Heitmann said. “Orange County is a real fortress against cancer and we couldn’t be happier.”
Heitmann said the importance of the center expands beyond treatment to outreach to families and the community with information about how to prevent cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are approximately 13,000 new cancer patients in Orange County each year, Heitmann said.
“This is no small undertaking,” Heitmann said. “This is really good…