Frontiers Winter 2015
Our New Home
This is an especially exciting period at both The Ohio State University and the OSUCCC – James.
On Dec. 15, 2014, after a decade of planning and design and three years of construction, we officially opened our new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute—a 21-story, 1.1-million-square-foot, 306-bed facility. It stands as a beacon of hope to all patients and families who turn to us for help after a cancer diagnosis.
When I think of the incredible work that went into creating this hospital—not to mention a superbly orchestrated weekend move of some 220 inpatients from the original James to its transformational successor—I recall the feeling of working with elaborate laboratory equipment that was once state-of-the-art, then moving to the latest, far more powerful model, enabling us to accomplish so much more.
The new James is doing that for us on a grand scale. There, clinicians and scientists work together closer than ever to translate research discoveries to innovative patient care. I asked the 500 volunteers who assisted with our inpatient move on Sunday, Dec. 14, to think not just of transporting patients in beds and wheelchairs into a new hospital, but across the threshold to a cancer-free world. That’s our vision, and I believe that world is within our grasp.
Despite the work involved with opening and occupying our new home — now the nation’s third-largest cancer hospital — Ohio State cancer research did not miss a beat. This issue of Frontiers also examines some of our studies in immune therapy, one of today’s most promising areas of cancer research. You can also read about our Cell Therapy Laboratory located in the new James, which will open exciting avenues of research and treatment.
The work of investigators at Ohio State and elsewhere, plus the promise of the new James, gives cancer patients more reason than ever to hope for a brighter future.