UT System chancellor to speak at dedication of UTHSCT’s new Academic Center, celebration of new Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 15

Monday, November 14, 2011

The dedication of the new Academic Center and celebration of the opening of the new Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center (CTPC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler will take place at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, on the UTHSCT campus, 11937 U.S. 271 in Tyler.

The CTPC is located on the first floor of the $67 million Academic Center. Phase I – the construction of the building and the first floor cancer center – cost $42 million. Phase II, the completion of the second and third floors, is estimated to cost another $25 million.

Funds are still being raised to finish the interiors of the second and third floors of the Academic Center. These will house classrooms to support our medical residencies, continuing education, and future undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a spacious auditorium with theater seating, and a new Watson W. Wise Medical Library.

The dedication will begin at 1:30 p.m. under the big white tent. The presentation of the colors by the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem sung by Brittany Batson, who will be accompanied by the Winona High School Band.

The chancellor of The University of Texas System, Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD, will speak during the dedication ceremony, as will UT System Regent Robert Stillwell. Other speakers will include UT System’s Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs Kenneth I. Shine, MD, UTHSCT Development Board Chair Herb Buie, Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass, Tyler Economic Development Council President and CEO Tom Mullins, and Dr. Calhoun.

Following the dedication ceremony, a ribbon-cutting will be held in front of the new entrance to UTHSCT.

Officials from Tyler and the surrounding area and East Texas legislators are expected to attend the groundbreaking

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2010, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 75 competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $14 million. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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