Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Expands in Hollywood
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Hollywood hosted a special ribbon cutting event to recognize the completion of the site’s recent expansion and refurbishment. The clinical space has doubled, creating eight exam rooms and an expanded chemotherapy treatment area. Laboratory space has been enlarged, and a pharmacy is being added to the first floor.
“These improvements ensure that more patients in Hollywood and Broward County have access to Sylvester’s expertise and clinical trials across a wide variety of cancers where Sylvester outcomes are significantly better than national standards,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., professor of medicine and Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “For example, our sarcoma program is one of the top four or five programs in the world. Sarcoma is a very rare cancer, and about 30 percent of patients have a gene mutation. We now have medications that target these gene mutations. This is what cancer is moving toward – precision medicine – and it’s the type of treatments that we are bringing to Hollywood.”
The program started with Richard Ballard, Chief Executive Officer and Hospital Administrator of Sylvester and University of Miami Hospital & Clinics, welcoming guests such as State Senators Eleanor Sobel and Oscar Braynon and officials from the city of Hollywood, including Mayor Peter Bober, Vice Mayor Kevin Biederman, Commissioner Richard Blattner, Police Chief Tomas Sanchez, Assistant City Manager Gus Zambrano, City Attorney Jeff Sheffel and Economic Development Director Davon Barbour. “Your attendance this morning demonstrates that you recognize the importance of providing precision cancer care to the residents of Hollywood and all of south Broward,” he said.
“It’s an exciting day for Hollywood,” said Bober. “Quality of life is important, and having great health care right in our community is part of that.”
Sylvester is South Florida’s only Cancer Center of Excellence and the region’s only academic cancer care center.