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Officials break ground on UK's new Cancer and Advanced Ambulatory Care Center

Ceremonial Toss of the Dirt for the Groundbreaking Event for Markey Cancer and Advanced Ambulatory Building 04-25-24
Stu Johnson
Ceremonial Toss of the Dirt for the Groundbreaking Event for Markey Cancer and Advanced Ambulatory Building 04-25-24

A ceremonial groundbreaking in Lexington Thursday marked the start of what amounts to a one-stop-shop method of cancer care at the University of Kentucky. It comes with work beginning on the $781 million Cancer and Advanced Ambulatory Building.

The 550,000 square-foot-facility, being built across Limestone from UK Hospital, will become the new home to the Markey Cancer Center. The complex will bring outpatient clinics and oncology support services under one roof, instead of the current six areas. Cancer Center Director Mark Evers said the urgent care facility will also be a big plus for patients.

“They have to go to the emergency department. Often times they are immunocompromised which is difficult to be around other people. So, that will be extremely helpful for our patients too.”

Evers said the cancer program has seen a doubling of its patients over the last decade.

The structure, slated for completion in 2027, will also house a comprehensive spine center, ambulatory surgery space, and other outpatient services.

UK President Eli Capilouto said it will enhance the patient experience in numerous ways.

“So, this facility is part of grand hope, creating ever more capacity for patients, improving their treatment experience, and increasing access to cutting-edge research and treatment that will save many, many more lives,” said Capilouto.

Construction on the project is being funded by UK HealthCare. State and private funds will be used to support Markey programs and services.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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