World Class Memorial Cancer Institute Breaks Ground
December 14, 2021
Ushering in a new era of comprehensive cancer care in South Florida, Memorial Healthcare System broke ground on a $125 million new home for the Memorial Cancer Institute. Community and elected leaders joined Memorial’s executives, employees, patients, and donors for the ceremonial groundbreaking and recognition of AutoNation’s $1 million donation on the grounds of what will be a world-class cancer center in Pembroke Pines.
The freestanding, 121,000+ sq. ft. new facility will consolidate resources and maximize collaboration between high-level specialists at what is already one of only five Cancer Centers of Excellence in Florida. With this centralized location, adjacent to the campus of Memorial Hospital West near the corner of Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road, Memorial Cancer Institute cements its place as a home for high-quality treatment, research and patient and family-centered care to more than 5,200 new patients that come for life-saving treatment each year.
“The vision of offering comprehensive cancer care under one roof has finally become a reality for our doctors, staff, and community with this momentous occasion of breaking the ground and paving the way for the new Memorial Cancer Institute,” said Aurelio Fernandez, III, FACHE, president and CEO, Memorial Healthcare System. “We are proud to invest in our community and build a world-class cancer center right here in South Broward.”
The construction phase of the project began with the ceremonial shoveling of the ground where the new building will sit. There was also an oversized puzzle activation that spelled out “#StrongerWithMemorial.” In addition to Fernandez, featured speakers included: Memorial Healthcare System Chief Operating Officer Leah Carpenter, FACHE, Dr. Andrew Greenfield, chair of the Memorial Foundation’s Board of Directors, Memorial Cancer Institute Vice President Meredith Feinberg, and Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis.
Expected to open in 2023, the new, four-story Memorial Cancer Institute will house radiation oncology, a breast center, hematology-oncology clinic, the Moffitt Malignant Hematology and Cellular Therapy Clinic, and an infusion clinic. It will also feature an image recovery area, conference center, physician offices, private infusion suites, a rooftop garden, and a meditation room.