Allegheny General Hospital to build $80-million cancer institute academic center

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Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network announced plans to build a new academic cancer center at Allegheny General Hospital.

The $80-million facility will provide patients with access to cancer therapies and serve as the nucleus of cancer research, clinical trials and medical education for the AHN Cancer Institute, the companies said in a statement.

Expected to open in late 2019, the 90,000 sq. ft. cancer institute academic center is part of a $225 million commitment that Highmark and AHN have made to establish a new paradigm in community-based cancer care.

Located adjacent to the AGH imaging center, the academic center will provide cancer patients with access to all the advanced modalities that they may need during the course of screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

The academic center will be a four-story structure, with two floors below ground and two above, located on East North Ave. and situated between the hospital’s South Tower and Sandusky Street parking garage.

The façade of the structure will feature blue faceted glass with an atrium that preserves the South Tower’s historical features and connects to the hospital’s Magovern Conference Center and front rotunda entrance.

In addition to the new academic center, the network is also building multiple community cancer centers that will provide comprehensive services close-to-home for patients and their families. Locations already identified for the new facilities include Monroeville, Erie, Butler and Beaver County.

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