Huntsman Cancer Institute
On October 2, 1995, the Huntsman family joined in an unparalleled scientific quest to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer at its source by donating $100 million to establish the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah.
On April 26, 2000, Jon Huntsman pledged an additional $125 million to fund ongoing research and to construct a Clinical Research Hospital adjacent to the Institute. These donations, along with subsequent gifts and grants, have helped HCI build a team of world-renowned specialists and to provide treatment services unparalleled in the region.
The Institute is committed to discovering genetic and molecular solutions that will prevent cancer development in its earliest stages, and to provide innovative therapies for all types of cancer. In addition to researching genetic functions, HCI's specialists develop strategies to reduce cancer incidence and implement therapies to treat diagnosed cancers. Research programs at HCI are designed to encourage an exchange of information across traditional scientific boundaries in order to make it easier for doctors and scientists to work together efficiently. This collaborative approach makes HCI one of the leading cancer research organizations in the world.
A new building to house HCI was dedicated in September 1999. The facility is home to a Cancer Learning Center, a Patient Care Center, three floors of innovative research laboratories, a restaurant and a 300-seat auditorium. The Cancer Learning Center features a multi-media room, a library and an educational exhibit where patients, their families and the general public can learn about the disease and its treatment options. The Patient Care Center includes examination rooms and chemotherapy infusion suite featuring large picture windows and soothing views of landscaped foothills. The building's architecture symbolizes cutting-edge research and features a "beacon of hope," a column brightly lit and visible around the Salt Lake valley inspiring optimism in all those battling cancer.
The 276,344 square-foot hospital wing has, among its amenities, 50 private inpatient beds, four operating rooms, the first full-field digital mammography unit in the Intermountain West, the first PET/CT imaging unit in the Intermountain West, a prosthetics lab, full-service pharmacy, and a beauty salon exclusively for patient use. The hospital completes Mr. Huntsman's vision for the Institute and will empower the Huntsman Cancer Institute to be a leader in the development of better detection methods and safer treatments while providing accessible and pleasant surroundings.
In the fall of 2008, a groundbreaking ceremony heralded the beginning of the hospital expansion project, to be completed in the summer of 2011. The 172,600 square-foot expansion will double the number of inpatient rooms and will provide new examination and operating rooms plus additional space into which the Breast Care and Personalized Medicine (high risk genetics) clinics will expand. The construction is funded by monies raised or donated by Mr. Huntsman, bringing his total commitment to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hospital to date to $350 million.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute's mission is to provide the very best care, to make diagnosis and the latest treatment available to more people, and ultimately to reduce the tremendous burden of cancer for patients and their families worldwide.
We invite you to learn more about the Huntsman Cancer Institute from their web site at www.huntsmancancer.org