Work to Begin Soon on Rockefeller Cancer Treatment Center

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Work will begin in the coming weeks on an expanded cancer treatment center named for the late Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller even though fundraising has fallen shy of the $125 million needed for the new complex.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences said yesterday it will move two trailers off the site for the future Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.  Officials hope to begin utility work soon on the center, scheduled to be completed in 2010.

Peter Emanuel, executive director of the cancer center, says the institute has already raised roughly $85 million for the facility.

UAMS officials announced in September they would name the center in honor of Rockefeller, who died in July 2006 after unsuccessful treatment in Seattle for myeloproliferative disease, a blood disorder that can lead to leukemia.  The aggressive treatment Rockefeller sought wasn't available in Arkansas.

Besides the cancer center, UAMS is also working on a 10-level hospital expansion that will include 234 beds and 60 neonatal beds, scheduled to open in late 2008.  A planned psychiatric research institute is also scheduled to open in 2008.

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