Miami Cancer Institute Opens Its Doors

Comprehensive cancer center and clinical research facility will be
Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
and the first in South Florida to offer proton therapy

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#MiamiCancerInstitute–Today, the $430 million, 445,000-square-foot Miami Cancer Institute,
part of Baptist Health South Florida, has officially opened its doors.
In addition, after a year-long review and collaboration process, Miami
Cancer Institute has become the third full member, and the only member
in Florida, of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an
initiative designed to collaboratively guide community providers toward
state-of-the-art cancer care.

Miami Cancer Institute features a unique, hybrid academic-community
cancer center model backed by 30 years of Baptist Health’s expertise in
cancer care. The facility, located on the Baptist Hospital campus,
consolidates many outpatient clinical services, clinical research, and
technology platforms under one roof. The Institute is home to one of the
most comprehensive and advanced radiation oncology programs in the
world, including South Florida’s first proton therapy center, one of
under two dozen proton therapy centers in the nation, which will open
later this year. The precision of proton therapy allows doctors to
target cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue and vital organs.

“Miami Cancer Institute brings new treatment options, cutting-edge
technology and pioneering clinical research to South Florida, including
access to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s world-renowned clinical trials and
standards of care,” said Michael J. Zinner, M.D., Founding CEO and
Executive Medical Director of Miami Cancer Institute. “This
collaboration – when combined with our team of preeminent cancer experts
working together to develop the best care plans for each patient –
establishes Miami Cancer Institute as the region’s premier, hybrid
academic-community cancer center.”

“We are proud and privileged to open the doors of Miami Cancer Institute
for our community,” said Brian E. Keeley, President and CEO of Baptist
Health South Florida. “We thank the hundreds of people who have worked
tirelessly to build this world-class destination cancer center here in
South Florida. This historic milestone is not just one for Baptist
Health to celebrate, but one for our entire community as we come
together in the fight against cancer.”

As an MSK Cancer Alliance member, Miami Cancer Institute will share
educational resources with MSK and other members, which include
Connecticut’s Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and Pennsylvania’s
Lehigh Valley Health Network Cancer Institute. The dynamic and
forward-thinking relationship will enhance the Institute’s clinical
research capabilities as well as its delivery of world-class,
evidence-based cancer care. There are three key ways patients receiving
care at Miami Cancer Institute directly benefit from this unique
relationship:

  • Adoption of MSK standards of care into everyday practice. By
    keeping up to date with the latest innovations, Miami Cancer Institute
    clinical experts make treatment decisions for their patients based on
    the best and most current evidence available.
  • Integrated learning. Oncologists from both institutions
    regularly meet to discuss challenging cases and identify the best
    course of treatment for patients.
  • Access to key MSK clinical trials. Cancer clinical trials can
    give patients the opportunity to receive drugs or therapies years
    before they are available anywhere else. Plans are under way to open
    several MSK trials at Miami Cancer Institute as early as this month.
    Opening these MSK trials helps speed up the data-collection process so
    investigational therapies can be approved faster and become available
    sooner to even more patients.

“For more than a century, Memorial Sloan Kettering has relentlessly
sought to eradicate cancer through scientific discovery and exceptional,
patient-focused care,” said Craig B. Thompson, MD, President and CEO of
MSK. “This goal will only be realized through collaborative sharing of
knowledge and best practices with like-minded partners, such as Miami
Cancer Institute, while learning from them as well. This new model of
collaboration will continue to evolve but will always benefit patients
first and foremost by making the highest-quality cancer care widely
accessible.”

The Institute’s clinical research building is expected to open later
this year. It will house the Center for Genomic Medicine, where
researchers will study the tumors of individual patients at the
molecular level and create personalized treatments that interrupt the
cancer cells’ ability to multiply. These targeted therapies are among
the most effective and promising treatments under development.

Miami Cancer Institute expects to draw a significant number of patients
from outside the United States and will attract leading medical and
business professionals to South Florida for conferences, symposia and
other events. The Hilton Miami-Dadeland – a 184-room, full-service hotel
and conference center – is due to open on the west end of the Baptist
Hospital campus in late 2018 and will be an essential component to
serving out-of-town patients and guests visiting the Cancer Institute.

“Even in its infancy, Miami Cancer Institute has transformed cancer care
in South Florida,” said Dr. Zinner. “As it matures, the Institute is
well-poised to serve as the catalyst for making South Florida a true,
world-class medical destination that benefits patients and the community
at large – here, and around the globe.”

For more information about the Miami Cancer Institute including photos,
B-roll and SOTS, visit our newsroom at Newsroom.BaptistHealth.net/MiamiCancerInstitute.

About Miami Cancer Institute

Baptist Health South Florida is developing Miami Cancer Institute into a
destination cancer center known for its leading clinical care,
exceptional patient experience, advanced clinical research and
state-of-the-art technology – including the first proton therapy center
in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. To accelerate its
mission of hope, caring and innovation, Miami Cancer Institute has
joined the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, a meaningful
relationship that enables patients with cancer access to potential
breakthrough therapies in South Florida. For more information, visit MiamiCancerInstitute.com.

Miami Cancer Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the
largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals
(Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital,
Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West
Kendall Baptist Hospital), nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care
facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network
and internationally renowned centers of excellence. The not-for-profit,
faith-based Baptist Health has approximately 16,000 employees and 2,300
affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized
by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and
by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more
information, visit BaptistHealth.net and connect with us on Facebook at
facebook.com/BaptistHealthSF and on Twitter and Instagram
@BaptistHealthSF.

About the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

The Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance is an initiative
designed to collaboratively guide community providers toward
state-of-the-art cancer care. Its overarching goal is to improve the
lives of cancer patients through dynamic partnerships with local care
providers. Members include Connecticut-based Hartford HealthCare Cancer
Institute, Lehigh Valley Health Network Cancer Institute in
Pennsylvania, and Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South
Florida. For more information about the MSK Cancer Alliance, go to https://www.mskcc.org/about/innovative-collaborations/msk-alliance.

Contacts

Baptist Health South Florida
Georgi Morales Pipkin, 786-596-6534
georgip@baptisthealth.net