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McDowell Cancer Foundation Holds Official Dedication for the

Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson Cancer Facility for Women

The new Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson Cancer Facility for Women at the UK Markey Cancer Center is scheduled to open in early 2002.

 

Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson speaking at the dedication ceremony.

LEXINGTON, KY (Dec. 8, 2001) – Officials from the University of Kentucky and McDowell Cancer Foundation today held a dedication ceremony for the new Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson Cancer Facility for Women at the UK Markey Cancer Center. The dedication included the official presentation of the keys to the building from McDowell Cancer Foundation Chairman Ben F. Roach, M.D., to UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

 

“The Whitney and Hendrickson Cancer Facility for Women is the fourth building constructed by the McDowell Cancer Foundation at the UK Markey Cancer Center,” said Ben Roach, M.D., chairman of the McDowell Cancer Foundation. “The new building houses multidisciplinary outpatient clinics, and consequently, will be used by a large number of people.”

 

“The success of the University of Kentucky will be measured in part by how the University helps Kentucky solve present and future health care problems,” Todd said. “The programs that will be housed in the Whitney and Hendrickson Cancer Facility for Women at the UK Markey Cancer Center highlight the efforts of the University to reduce the cancer burden of Kentucky and the nation.”

 

The very generous $2.5 million gift from Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson for the new Cancer Facility for Women was a major portion of the $9.2 million required for the construction of the facility. The $9.2 million raised by the McDowell Cancer Foundation will be included in UK’s Call to Greatness Capital Campaign.

 

The new building will have three floors, with more than 9,500 square feet per floor, and the clinics are scheduled to open by early 2002. This more than doubles the space available for each of the cancer clinics and programs that will move to the new Facility.

 

The Whitney and Hendrickson Cancer Facility for Women will house several clinics and programs to serve women and their families better.

 

· Multidisciplinary cancer clinics – such as the UK Comprehensive Breast Care Center, the Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Program, the Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Cancer Program, and the Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Cancer Program – will provide innovative approaches to patient care where patients can see all of their specialists in one clinic. If cancer is diagnosed, a team of specialists promptly reviews the patient’s case and discusses available treatment options, all in the same day.

 

·        The Hematology/Oncology Clinic will provide treatment for lymphomas, leukemias, and other cancers of the blood and blood-forming tissues, as well as a wide variety of solid and non-solid tumors.

 

· The Gynecologic Oncology Service will provide women with a full range of cancer care, including screening for cervical and ovarian cancers, and the latest and most effective therapy for gynecologic cancers.

 

“The UK Markey Cancer Center already excels and is recognized nationally in many areas,” said Alfred M. Cohen, M.D., director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. “The new Cancer Facility for Women, with new state-of-the-art technology and the multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, will enhance Markey’s ability to provide the best care for our patients.”

 

“Programs such as those that will be housed in the new Cancer Facility for Women have helped the UK Markey Cancer Center consistently achieve recognition as one of the top-20 institutions in the nation for cancer care,” said James W. Holsinger, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president of UK and chancellor of the UK Chandler Medical Center. “But we realize that the highest level of cancer care is more than just new treatments and research. It is also compassionate treatment in an environment of comfort and hope.”

 

Physicians at the new Facility will help address the need to focus on women’s cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, Surveillance Research, from 1993-1997, Kentucky had the sixth highest incidence rate of cancer deaths in women in the United States. In 2001, 625,000 new cancer cases, with 267,300 deaths, are estimated to occur in women in the United States.

 

Founded in 1978, the McDowell Cancer Foundation has raised more than $50 million to build and support the UK Markey Cancer Center. The UK Markey Cancer Center is one of only a few cancer centers in the nation that have been built exclusively through private funds. The continuing mission of the Foundation is to support the UK Markey Cancer Center in its efforts to advance the highest standards of cancer care and research.

 

By Maureen McArthur


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