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Feature Stories

Hospital to Exhibit New Cancer Pavilion

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 9
5/3/2013


By Jeremy Matusow

The Long Beach Memorial Medical Center is scheduled to unveil to the public the Todd Cancer Institute Pavilion on June 29, 2013. The facility will be open to patients starting July 15. A ceremony took place April 22, 2013 to mark the conclusion of the $31 million facility in which keys to the center were administered to the hospital.

Long Beach Memorial will embark on moving equipment into the hospital and put the final touches on the building. Cathy Kopy, executive director of MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, is determined to have the center remain around for a long time.

“We intend to be here for the next 100 years, or until there’s an end to cancer,” said Kopy. “The medical center’s foundation raised $10 million from the public, with the balance being paid by the hospital operations resources.”

Talks of constructing the pavilion commenced 13 years ago with a donation of approximately $1.5 million by Dr. Malcolm C. Todd, founder of the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute (TCI).

Groundbreaking took place back in 2011. Individuals such as Mayor Bob Foster, the Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Doug Drummond and Thomas Fields as well as Malcolm C. Todd’s son, Doug Todd, were in attendance.

According to Long Beach Memorial, the vision for the new pavilion stemmed from the need to house all of the cancer care programs offered at TCI under one roof. The pavilion will provide a central, compact place for patient needs and access to a breadth of caregivers whether it be diagnosis, treatment, counseling or therapy.

According to hospital spokesman Matthew Farhadi, the 65,000-square-foot pavilion took just under 18 months to construct.

The structure itself will provide immediate diagnosis and treatment for patients dealing with cancer or serious blood disorders. It will serve as an outpatient cancer facility. The center also of-fers psychosocial oncology services to assist patients with tumors to boost their life expectancy.

Philip Di Saia, medical director at TCI, believes that the new pavilion will provide the hospital with numerous advantages concerning cancer research.

“The new Todd Cancer Pavilion will give Long Beach Memorial and the City of Long Beach a multidisciplinary resource for cancer care in a state-of-the-art facility with the atmosphere of a spa,” said Di Saia. “Cancer is a disease that will be with us for many years to come so we need to prepare for the fight with tools such as this pavilion. We are thankful for the support the citizens of Long Beach have contributed to this endeavor.”

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of Southern California’s finest healthcare builders, constructed the Todd Cancer Institute Pavilion. According to the city of Long Beach, McCarthy served as the general contractor for the project.

Their work included transforming 65,000-square-feet on the second and third floors of an existing four-level administration building into a dedicated treatment center. The project also inte-grated construction of a two-level, 1,913-square-foot lobby addition which will serve as the entrance to the new pavilion.

According to McCarthy News & Events, the building’s exterior skin is comprised primarily of glass curtain wall complemented by structural steel, plaster and stone finishes. The new Ambula-tory Infusion Center, located within the new pavilion, will feature a spacious, patient-focused atmosphere for chemotherapy treatment complete with access to a rooftop healing garden. The build-ing will also feature house exam, mammography and consult rooms as well as a pharmacy and office space.

According to officials, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the largest health care facilities contractor in California.

jeremy@longbeachcomber.com