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Huntsman Cancer Institute

Huntsman Cancer Institute
Geography
Location Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Coordinates
Organization
Care system Public
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Utah
Links
Website http://www.huntsmancancer.org/ Official
Lists Hospitals in Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is an NCI-designated cancer research facility and hospital located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in the Intermountain West

Contents

  • Overview 1
  • Mission statement 2
  • Research 3
    • Research programs 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Overview

Huntsman Cancer Institute was founded with a pledge of $100 million of personal wealth from Jon Huntsman, Sr., a philanthropist and businessman. To date, Huntsman has donated more than $250 million of his own money since Huntsman Cancer Institute was established.[1] Mary Beckerle is HCI’s executive director.

In November 2013, Huntsman donated an additional $50 million for the construction of a new research building dedicated to children's cancer. Construction of the new building is slated to begin in 2014.[2]

Mission statement

Huntsman Cancer Institute's mission is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care. Former Huntsman Cancer Foundation President, Jon Huntsman, Jr., explains, "It is the goal of Huntsman Cancer Institute to become a symbol of hope and optimism. We want those carrying the heavy burden of cancer to feel strengthened and hopeful."

To support its mission, the Huntsman Cancer Institute campus currently consists of a research building dedicated in 1999 and a 50-bed hospital dedicated in 2004.

In 2011, the campus was expanded to include a new Infusion Center and multiple clinics, and the hospital was expanded to 100 beds.[3] The hospital stands adjacent to the research building and is connected by glass walkways

Research

Scientists at the institute aim to understand cancer at a molecular and genetic level and strive to find new and more effective ways to treat this disease. A treatment approach based on genetic knowledge allows for more targeted, individualized cancer therapies.

Research programs

The center's research is supported by a Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute, which subsidizes cancer research performed by more than 130 members of the Cancer Center. [4]

References

  1. ^ Levenick, Christopher (Summer 2012). "The Fearless Philanthropist". Philanthropy. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Dolan, Kerry A. "Chemicals Billionaire Jon Huntsman Boosts Children's Cancer Research With $50 Million Donation". Forbes. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  3. ^ http://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/newsroom/current-press-releases/dedicate-hospital-expansion.php. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "HCI Research Programs". Retrieved February 13, 2010. 

External links

  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Huntsman Online Patient Education (HOPE) Guide
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