Have you noticed the new construction going on at the corner of Fayette Street and North Broadway in East Baltimore? In a little more than two years, that building site will be transformed into a cutting-edge $100 million cancer treatment center.
The 10-story Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center will comprise a number of distinct-but-interrelated facilities, including the Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building (which will treat patients with solid tumors) and the Under Armour Breast Health Innovation Center (which will presumably treat breast cancer, innovatively).
The university and medical center managed to raise the entire $100 million for the project from donors– most notably the two who get their names on various buildings and centers. Skip Viragh, the founder of Rydex Funds, died of pancreatic cancer at age 62 after being treated at Hopkins; he donated $65 million to the new building. Under Armour, which seems like the fairy godmother to the entire city at this point, chipped in another $10 million.
Hopkins officials have said that they hope the new facilities will be places that don’t merely treat patients, but also explore and test out new ideas and innovations.
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