Ground broken for Cancer Center expansion
June 7, 2010
Nearly 350 people attended the National Survivors Day picnic and ground breaking ceremony for the UC Davis Cancer Center expansion on Saturday.
Survivors and their families, as well as many cancer center physicians, nurses and staff gathered at the Cancer Center and joined UC Davis Medical Center CEO Ann Madden Rice and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Otto as they paid tribute to the donors who have allowed the health system to move forward on the long-awaited expansion project.
The 46,000-square-foot expansion not only will expand clinic and other space for adult patients, but will bring all of the center's pediatric patients into the same building.
Co-location will enable collaboration among physicians and researchers, but also provide continuity of care for adolescents as they transition from pediatric to adult services.
Pediatric cancer patients also bring a sense of perspective, as well as inspiration and hope to older patients, Cancer Center Director Ralph deVere White told the crowd assembled at the event.
Construction is set to begin on the project Monday, June 14, and be completed in the spring of 2012.
In addition to UC Davis-based patient support groups and programs, numerous community-based organizations also set up booths at the Survivors Day event, including Komen for the Cure, American Cancer Society, Carrie's Touch, Save Ourselves and Cases for Cheer.
Storyteller Cheewa James regaled the audience with a talk about the Native American medicine wheel and new beginnings, and Outback Steakhouse fed more than 300 guests a barbecue lunch.