On Monday, Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health opened a new cancer treatment and research hub at Allegheny General Hospital on the north side.
The new 90,000-square-foot, $78 million facility is part of a $300 million investment in cancer care by the health care partners.
“About one in every two Pennsylvanians will be diagnosed with cancer during his or her lifetime. We believe that our investment in AHN Cancer Institute’s capabilities and capacity will greatly improve the experience and outcomes of those who are diagnosed with this disease,” said David Holmberg, President and CEO, Highmark Health. “Our new flagship facility at AGH will be a beacon of hope for patients and their families, and a destination for the best and brightest oncology professionals who want to be part of the world-class program we have established.”
The new facility will be a hub for research collaborations with Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
“With this incredible new center of cancer innovation and learning at AGH and all of the other new cancer facilities AHN has opened in recent years, this network has created an outstanding cancer program with resources and capabilities that are now on par with the nation’s very best," said Dr. David Bartlett, Chair of AHN’s Cancer Institute.
In addition to the new hub at AGH, new cancer centers were opened in Monroeville, Erie, Butler, Beaver and Westmoreland Counties in recent years. Robinson Township and at West Penn Hospital facilities were recently updated and expanded as well.