Jupiter Medical Center Breaks Ground On State-of-the-art Anderson Family Cancer Institute

JUPITER, FLA. (February 1, 2017) – Jupiter Medical Center announced that it has broken ground on a new 75,000 square foot world-class research and cancer treatment center. Construction of the Anderson Family Cancer Institute is being made possible, in part, by a $25 million-dollar gift - the largest single gift in the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation’s history - from Marjorie Matheson and the Anderson Family Charitable Fund along with a $5 million-dollar contribution from Peter and Missy Crisp.

The Anderson Family Cancer Institute will serve as an innovative center of excellence for cancer care and will be recognized as a leading research and treatment center for the region, offering the most advanced diagnostic services and outpatient treatment. The Institute’s unique patient-centered approach will focus on coordinating every aspect of the patient’s care, beginning the moment they walk through the door. The Institute will be at the forefront of providing world-class diagnosis, treatment and management of all types of cancer.

“At Jupiter Medical Center, we are transforming the future of health care in our community, and we are doing this by putting patients at the center of everything we do,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer John D. Couris. “The Anderson Family Cancer Institute will allow us to bring unparalleled medical services and offer world-class, comprehensive cancer care to our neighbors right here in Palm Beach County,” explained Couris.

The three-floor Institute will be solely dedicated to cancer research and treatment and will combine cutting-edge technology, world-class clinical treatment facilities and protocols. It will also provide integrative support services to assist patients with every aspect of care. The Institute will expand on the current technology platforms for radiation oncology and house state-of-the art linear accelerators and the CyberKnife® M6TM for treatment, along with CT and PET-CT machines and top-of-the-line diagnostic tools. In addition, the Institute will run on a new IT platform which will integrate every piece of technology - from the check-in kiosk to radiation and medical oncology equipment to survivorship and support services - onto the same system for seamless integration of all touchpoints of care and treatment.

“The construction of the Anderson Family Cancer Institute will ignite Jupiter Medical Center’s transformation from a high-quality community cancer program to a world-class regional cancer institute,” explained Jupiter Medical Center’s Chief of Oncology Dr. Abraham B. Schwarzberg. “The Institute will allow us to provide the highest quality comprehensive cancer care in an environment that harnesses technological innovation and leading clinical practices in order to focus on the total health and well-being of the patients we serve.”

The Institute will also help facilitate a collaborative approach to patient care. It will house physician offices with the goal of bringing the entire treatment team under one roof. Cancer care is a multidisciplinary disease, requiring the input of a team of specialists from medical oncologists to radiation oncologists and surgical oncologists. The best cancer care treatment is delivered when physicians work together, sharing their unique expertise and experience. This configuration is also ideal from a patient perspective because they can get their comprehensive treatment and care all in one place.

The Institute, designed with the patient in mind, will feature a main atrium, complete with a striking water feature and two-story fish tank. The first floor will also include a specialty boutique and personal care items to help cancer patients look and feel their best; a café; and a retail pharmacy where patients can conveniently fill their prescriptions or shop for medical supplies.

“This magnificent facility is being made possible by visionary lead gifts and the generous support of Jupiter Medical Center’s many champions and friends,” said Liv Vesely, President of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. To date, the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation has raised $32 million of the $50 million needed to complete the state-of-the-art facility. “By supporting Jupiter Medical Center’s Anderson Family Cancer Institute, individuals will be helping bring a new dimension of hope and healing to friends and neighbors who are affected by cancer, and provide a lasting legacy for our community.”

Funds raised to support the Cancer Institute represent contributions to the Foundation’s $300 million-dollar comprehensive campaign, Vision. Innovation. Impact. The goal of the campaign is to raise the money needed to expand access to world-class health care across the region, and to fulfill the vision outlined in Jupiter Medical Center’s strategic plan.

About Jupiter Medical Center

A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.

About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation

Since its founding in 1989, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation has empowered Jupiter Medical Center with the financial resources to reimagine the delivery of health and wellness to the region. Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, together with Jupiter Medical Center, is committed to transforming regional health care through leading-edge technology, patient-centered care and enhanced facilities. The Foundation has funded a number of major projects at Jupiter Medical Center, including the De George Pediatric Unit in partnership with the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Program, the Frank E. and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program, and the Florence A. De George Pavilion

As a leading not-for-profit medical provider in the region, Jupiter Medical Center relies on philanthropic gifts to maintain patient well-being and quality of care, and Jupiter Medical Center Foundation is dedicated to securing this financial support in order to fulfill the mission of the organization. For more information, please visit: www.jmcfoundation.org.