SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – The Huntsman Cancer Foundation announced it is expanding yet again. It unveiled plans of an addition to their hospital to care for cancer patients.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute says it is at capacity. They say the expansion is needed because of our growing and aging population and they want to meet the needs of cancer patients.
The Huntsman Cancer Foundation is halfway to its $80 million-goal for the expansion thanks to private donors.
“Cancer is overtaking other causes of death as our population both ages and grows, cancer becomes a more common problem. 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime,” Susan Sheehan, President and COO Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
The announcement of a 100,000-square foot expansion to the Huntsman Cancer Institute was made Thursday night at the foundation’s annual gala.
Phase 5, as they call it, has been in the works for three years long before Jon Huntsman Sr. passed away.
“He had the foresight and was already looking ahead. It felt we were honoring him and I felt his presence and his children did a good job of saying the next generation is very committed to cancer.”
It was a year ago, HCI opened its addition to their research center. Plans are now in the works for roughly 50 more inpatient beds, new clinics and a focus on cancer in women.
The addition is still in its planning stages. If all goes well, construction could begin late next year. The foundation will now go to the state legislature to ask for a revenue bond of $40 million, the other half of the funding needed for the expansion project.