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State approves Staten Island University Hospital’s new cancer center

Rendering of Staten Island University Hospital’s new state-of-the-art cancer center.
Rendering of Staten Island University Hospital’s new state-of-the-art cancer center.

Staten Island has NYC's highest cancer rates


Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) has received approval from the New York State Department of  Public Health’s (DOH) Public Health and Health Planning Council to construct a new 40,000-square-foot cancer center at its North Site to care for the borough’s growing adult and pediatric population.

Staten Island sees the highest rates of cancer in New York City, with 524.9 cases per 100,000 compared with the City’s average of 453.4 per 100,000, according to the DOH’s Cancer Registry. The new center will help serve the needs of this growing community, close to home.

The new $35 million center will bring all adult, pediatric and radiation oncology patients to a centralized facility to help streamline care, and improve patient experience.

Currently, the center sees 30,000 patient visits each year for both hematology and oncology issues and diagnoses approximately 1,400 new cancer patients annually. SIUH expects a 10-percent increase in patient visits in the new facility’s first year.

“This is just another example of SIUH and Northwell Health’s commitment to offer comprehensive cancer care to Staten Island,” said Brahim Ardolic, MD, the hospital’s executive director. “This cancer center is a must have for the Island. We’ll bring all services under one roof to a larger state-of-the-art facility, with a focus on privacy and comfort, while augmenting the care of our other specialized oncology programs.”

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Additionally, in 2018, the hospital brought on a new chief thoracic surgeon, Adam Lackey, MD, to treat complex lung and chest cancers to support that need. His arrival coincided with cancer rates on Staten Island leading the City – especially lung cancer, which is 20 percent higher than other boroughs – according to New York State Department of Health data.

The construction plan involves building a third floor atop the already existing two-story Radiation Oncology Center near the hospital’s Heart Tower, while renovating the lower two floors. The project will add 10 adult and three pediatric infusions chairs, increasing the total number of treatment areas to 27 adult and six pediatric infusion chairs.

The pediatric space will be child-focused in design to ease any stress for its youngest patients.

The project is being funded through the hospital’s operations budget and fundraising efforts through the Florina Rusi Marke Foundation. In 2018, the Foundation committed $2.5 million to the project.