|A bird's eye view of Inova's planned cancer institute on Route 50.|
The new $252 million, 300,000-square-foot Comprehensive Cancer and Research Institute will be located on vacant land on Williams Drive by Arlington Boulevard, adjacent to the Fairfax Hospital campus, said Inova spokesperson Allison Kenty. Construction will start in 2014, with the projected opening date set for 2016.
According to a statement from Inova, the seven-story institute “will coordinate current cancer services provided across all five Inova hospitals and will present a new and unique opportunity for the development of a national comprehensive cancer program in relation to treatment and research.” The institute will serve thousands of patients a year, said Kenty.
“We are incorporating state-of-the-art imaging, treatment technologies, and disease-specific physician expertise to deal with common, rare, and unusual cancers,” said Inova CEO Knox Singleton. The new center will provide comprehensive oncology services, including diagnosis, patient navigation, genetic counseling, and survivorship programs.
The institute will work closely with the Inova Translational Medicine Institute, a genomics research program founded by Dr. John Niederhuber in 2011, and will provide unique, patient-targeted therapies based on genomic analysis.
Inova Board Chairman Stephen Cumbie told the Washington Business Journal he hopes the new cancer institute will position Inova as a “destination” health care provider that will be competitive with the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at MedStar Georgetown Hospital.