UT Health RGV is expanding its healthcare offerings in South Texas with a new Cancer and Surgery Center. In addition, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will provide oncology advisory services at the center.
The center is part of the phase 1 development of UTRGV’s McAllen Academic Medical Campus. The 100,000-square-foot center will sit within the 495 Commerce Center development, on the south side of Pecan Boulevard between Jackson and McColl roads.
UTRGV President Guy Bailey said the Cancer and Surgery Center helps to address an underserved healthcare need in the region. UTRGV expects construction to begin in Spring 2022 with completion in Spring 2024.
“This is a pivotal moment in our commitment to expand healthcare services in the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas and beyond,” Bailey said. “We look forward to engaging with MD Anderson’s advisory services to develop and launch our cancer program.”
The Cancer and Surgery Center will provide access to underserved specialties and clinical services in medical, radiation and surgical oncology. It will also include clinical research across those areas. The surgery center will additionally include outpatient surgery and imaging spaces to support continuity of care for patients.
Dr. Michael Hocker, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine, said the new complex is also a gamechanger for the people of the region.
“Unfortunately, most everyone has had a family member or friend who has been affected by cancer,” Hocker said. “Soon, we’ll have a center in our backyard that will provide first-rate cancer care from diagnosis through treatment. The complex also will provide more opportunities to expand the important cancer research already being conducted by our School of Medicine.”