City of Hope expands to Newport Beach

February 4, 2019
Nisha Morris, City of Hope Orange County
One more step toward “moving in on cancer” and bringing its world-class cancer network to Orange County
Key Takeaways:
  • City of Hope is expanding its world-class cancer network in Orange County, beginning with a first site at 1601 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, California, 13 miles west of the main health campus planned for Irvine. The Newport Beach site is projected to open late 2019.
  • The Newport Beach facility will house medical services, such as breast and other medical oncology, and convenient access to subspecialists.
  • This announcement is one more step in City of Hope’s plan to “move in on cancer” and collaborate with other OC cancer champions to improve the health and well-being of Orange County residents.
(IRVINE, Calif., Feb 4) – In one of the most ambitious initiatives in its 106-year history, City of Hope, is expanding its world-class cancer network in Orange County, California, beginning with the purchase of a 12,500-square-foot facility in Newport Beach. This major expansion will be the first spoke of the main health campus planned for Irvine's Great Park and the official start to City of Hope extending its personalized, compassionate and technologically advanced care to the county.
Despite their health-conscious reputation, the 3.2 million Orange Countians are not immune to the physical and emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis, now experienced by one in three Americans, according to the American Cancer Society. Nearly 20 percent of Orange County residents diagnosed with cancer currently leave the area for treatment,i often to City of Hope in Duarte, and sometimes to out-of-state facilities. As a result, patients and their families experience unnecessary hardships that can impede treatment and recovery.
“This undertaking is a response to the call of our patients, families and supporters to bring City of Hope's innovative discoveries and specialized therapies closer to their homes,” says Annette Walker, president, City of Hope Orange County. “Our respectful approach to caregiving, wealth of experience in diagnosis and treatment, high-impact biomedical research enterprise and ability to deliver the most advanced therapies have made City of Hope a frequent choice for patients with the most complex needs. Orange County patients will also benefit from City of Hope’s designation by the National Cancer Institute as one of just 49 comprehensive cancer centers in the country.”
With City of Hope’s unique approach to care, physicians and scientists are connected through a powerful research environment that speeds the development of new drugs and interventions to the bedside, allowing patients to access the latest advances in cancer care, including more than 500 clinical trials which are currently being conducted. As one of the nation’s leading independent research clinical enterprises, City of Hope’s clinical network includes 30 locations, three GMP manufacturing facilities, and, through an alliance with TGen, advances in genomics technologies for the application of precision medicine. All of this is accomplished while providing state-of-the-art comprehensive, multidisciplinary support from compassionate experts setting the standard for medical systems worldwide.  
Moving In On Cancer. Together, We Can Beat It.
City of Hope aims to make life with cancer more manageable and improve quality of life by providing innovative supportive care programs that provide peace of mind for patients, families and friends. For those already intimately familiar with City of Hope, this first step in expanding the Orange County network is welcome news. 
Todd Kennedy, a Coto de Caza resident, has commuted for the past year to City of Hope's Duarte campus to receive lifesaving stem cell, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation treatment for advanced multiple myeloma. He says, “Cancer is very complex and the science to treat the disease is advancing rapidly. When I initially learned I had cancer, I knew that my long-term success would depend on consulting physicians with deep expertise in my specific cancer, and getting the right diagnosis, the right treatment plan and the right coordinated care team at the right time. I found all of this at City of Hope.”
“My highly personalized treatment plan has produced encouraging results with manageable side effects,” says Kennedy. “When I think about the sobering statistics that one in three of my friends and neighbors will get cancer at some point in their lifetime, I am so grateful and, frankly, relieved that City of Hope will be in Orange County. I can’t wait!”
Lori McGee tells a similar story of commuting from Huntington Beach to City of Hope in Duarte when her husband, Liam, was treated for brain cancer. She says having services closer to home will make a big difference for local families.
“We used to drive 88 miles round-trip from our house at least two days a week to City of Hope because we knew they understood cancer,” says McGee. “We believed not only were the doctors experts in research and development, but also the level of holistic care and support we received was unmatched. To have City of Hope right in our backyard will bring a level of peace for me and many OC residents. Wow, what a blessing!"
Walker and the City of Hope team understand the immense benefits of City of Hope expanding into OC. “People like Todd and Lori are why we are committed to being in this community and working with other cancer champions. We welcome all in the community who would like to join our efforts,” says Walker. “This is the first of City of Hope’s many steps to become an essential partner with Orange County.”
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About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope’s main campus is in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.
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