Frontiers Fall 2010
Summer of Progress: Construction begins, the CARE Act is introduced, The James turns 20
This has been an extraordinary summer at The Ohio State University. In June, we broke ground for construction of a 17-story patient tower that will house a new and much larger James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. It will be the centerpiece of Ohio State’s $1 billion ProjectONE medical center expansion.
In July, we helped introduce a piece of landmark federal legislation, the Cancer Centers Assistance for Renovations and Expansion Act of 2010, or CARE Act (HR 5861). The act will provide low-interest loans to fund the expansion of cancer centers and comprehensive cancer centers, as designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). These loans will pay the capital costs of projects that improve a center’s research, prevention or patient-care infrastructure.
Given the present economic climate, this bill will help centers obtain the resources they need to further cancer research and accommodate the rising number of cancer patients in our aging population.
Our thanks to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15), and its co-sponsors, Reps. Tim Ryan (OH-17), Michael E. Capuano (MA-8), Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Kendrick Meek (FL-17).
Also in July, our faculty and staff celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. We came together to reflect on our two decades of effort to provide exceptional cancer care at The James, and we looked to the future and to meeting the challenge of creating a cancer-free world.
Finally, we send our best to Dr. John Niederhuber, who in July stepped down as NCI director after guiding the agency through several difficult budget years while keeping cancer research moving forward. And we welcome Dr. Harold Varmus in his new role as the NCI’s 14th director.