published on May 4, 2016 - 2:57 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 treatment and research center to be located in Clovis — the first of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley.

The Clovis 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 Clovis cancer 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 center are expected to come from Community’s operations and from fund raising.

The pre-construction and design phase for the project 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.

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