published on May 6, 2016 - 2:23 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Community Medical Centers’ board of trustees this week authorized architectural design and other pre-construction work for a regional cancer center and research center to be located in Clovis — the first of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley.

The cancer center will be designed to serve the entire Community system and patients throughout the Valley — combining services and expertise provided in multiple locations including Community Regional Medical Center in Downtown Fresno, the California Cancer Center in north Fresno and Clovis Community Medical Center.
The envisioned $65 million center will be located on the Clovis Community campus, adjacent to Highway 168. The facility will be three stories tall and nearly 100,000 square feet.
“The center will provide comprehensive outpatient treatment for cancer of all kinds in a single location, improving coordination of care and creating a seamless experience for patients,” said Tim Joslin, Community’s president and CEO. “This is the best-practice way to combat cancer.”
The center would also conduct cancer research in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, with the goal of becoming a “Designated Cancer Center” by the National Cancer Institute. Ten such centers exist in California, but none in the San Joaquin Valley.
“This cancer center couldn’t come at a better time,” said Michael Peterson, M.D., associate dean and chief of medicine at the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program. “With new cancer cases projected to increase by 45 percent by 2030, this will be a recognized best-practice location – elevating cancer treatment, research and ultimately positive patient outcomes.”
Funds to build the cancer center are expected to come from Community’s operations and from fund raising.
The pre-construction and design phase for the cancer center is expected to take six to 10 months. Community’s board of trustees would then authorize the actual construction expenditure and timeline.
Community is a locally owned, not-for-profit, public-benefit organization based in Fresno. The organization is the region’s largest healthcare provider and private employer and operates four hospitals – Community Regional Medical Center, Clovis Community Medical Center, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital and Community Behavioral Health Center – as well as several long-term care, outpatient and other healthcare facilities and a physician residency program with UCSF.

Selma project raises roof
A “Raise The Roof” event highlighting construction of a new retail commercial development underway in Selma took place Wednesday.
The project, located at 3120 Floral Ave., is being developed by True North/Tailwind Properties and includes three separate building pads situated on 3.47 acres.
The first pad includes a 9,310-square-foot building that is currently leased to three national tenants whose names will be revealed at today’s event, though a map of the development shows the new tenants coming to Selma include a new Subway restaurant, AT&T store and Starbucks, which will be Selma’s first Starbucks.
True North also is in negotiations with a major restaurant chain to locate a sit-down bar/grill as part of Phase 2 of the project.
“The City of Selma is happy to have these new additions coming to Selma,” said Kenneth Grey, Selma’s city manager. “It will allow residents new alternatives for dining and other retail services [and] uses existing land to develop the additional businesses.”  
True North Properties has developed many projects in Central California over the last 20 years – as far north as Chico and as far south as El Centro. The company specializes in high-identity retail, service commercial and office projects and has offices in Fresno and Danville.           

Supporting autism class
Homebuilder McCaffrey Homes in Fresno has a neat new gift to display — a mosaic created by students in a Madera High School social skills autism class.
The mosaic is a gift to the homebuilder for its $3,000 donation to the autism class.
The large handmade mosaic represents the McCaffrey Homes logo and will be displayed in a new model home center being built by McCaffrey Homes at Riverstone, a new master-planned community in Madera County.
“All of us at McCaffrey Homes are truly touched by the gift of this mosaic,” said Robert McCaffrey, CEO of McCaffrey Homes. “It’s been an honor to get to know these exceptional students — and a privilege to contribute to the important work of the Social Skills program. The hard work and dedication of the students and everyone involved made an indelible impression on us.”
Lalo Sanchez, teacher of the social skills autism class at Madera High School, said the McCaffrey contribution has gone a long way to improve the program.
“The funds have helped students rehabilitate an abandoned area on campus into a beautiful garden with paved walkways, a fountain, raised vegetable beds and seating areas,” he said.
Included in the design of the logo is a puzzle piece, which has become a symbol of autism awareness.
“It reminds us that each of us has a place, and that the world is incomplete without us. And it reminds us that people with autism — and their family and friends — are very important people too,” Sanchez added.
Parents with children in the class say the program makes a significant difference in the lives of students.
“This class was a life changer for my son,” said Janice Tognotti, whose son was among the first students to attend the class. “It taught him social skills that he uses to this day. It made him confident and gave him the assurance that he can succeed. It’s a great program.”

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