Ohio State NEW James Cancer Hospital Largest Dedicated Cancer Hospital to Open in the Midwest

October 30, 2014

Posted: 10/30/2014


  • The formal Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:00pm under the canopy at the entrance to the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, 460 W. 10th Ave.

  • Sneak Peek Media Tours of the new James can now be scheduled by calling 614-878-8054 or emailing Kristi Morris at kmorris@morrispublicrelations.com

  • Free Community Open House will be November 9, 2014, from 1:00pm-4:00pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On November 7, 2014, at 2:00pm, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute will host the official dedication and ribbon-cutting for the new 21-floor freestanding cancer hospital slated to open in December – making Columbus, Ohio, home to the third largest cancer hospital in the United States. 

Speakers and guests will include: government and university officials, physicians, cancer researchers, cancer survivors and community members. 

As part of the NCI-designated OSU Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the new James integrates highly sub-specialized care with a robust research enterprise that includes the expertise of more 300 cancer physicians and researchers and over 2,000 staff -- delivering the most advanced cancer care while also accelerating the pace of research discoveries. Each patient unit is dedicated to just one specific type of cancer to facilitate care by subspecialist, multidisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses and pharmacists. Additionally, research labs integrated into the inpatient floors facilitate true bench-to-bedside translational research leading to new cancer treatments and cures. 

“There is no such thing as a routine cancer and so there is no routine treatment. By analyzing the actual DNA of an individual patient – genomics – we are now able to tailor treatments specifically to that individual,” says Michael Caligiuri, MD, director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and chief executive officer of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. “In fact, every aspect of our new hospital was designed to address the specific needs of each cancer patient who comes into our care.”

The new James was designed to offer the most advanced and highest quality cancer care while creating an environment that encourages expert medical innovation and collaboration. Highlights include:

  • Precision cancer care delivery. Studies of genes – genomics – enable specialists to analyze, down to the molecular level, individual tumor characteristics in order to match patients with the best therapies to target their specific cancer. The use of genomics in cancer care is called precision cancer medicine, and this concept lies at the core of at the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute patient care model. Translational research labs on each subspecialty inpatient floor of the new James will help support this molecular testing. “We’ve built a core team of genomic scientists, medical oncologists, bio-informaticians, pathologists and radiologists who meet regularly to conduct genomic testing and interpret results of testing at The James,” says Sameek Roychowdhury, MD, PhD, an OSUCCC – James medical oncologist and director of the Precision Cancer Medicine Program. “Equally important, this team works hand-in-hand with oncologists who specialize in developing novel therapies in the clinic through clinical trials. Together, we can utilize these individualized findings to use for the good of each patient in our care.” 
  • Sub-specialized care. Each inpatient unit of the new James is designated to a specific cancer subtype, for example thoracic, prostate, gastrointestinal cancer, etc. Teams of medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pharmacists, genetic and genomic experts and oncology nurses -- all specializing in a single type of cancer – work together to develop and deliver the most effective treatments for that particular cancer. This ensures that our patients are receiving high quality care from the experts most knowledgeable about their type of cancer.
  • One of the largest cancer surgical facilities in the United States. The new James features 14 operating rooms– making it one of the largest dedicated surgical oncology facilities in the United States. The operating suites accommodate state-of-the-art technology, including minimally invasive robotic surgery and an intraoperative MRI as well as two dedicated rooms for delivering radiation therapy during surgery. Most importantly, each operating suite is designed to ensure the patient is provided with the safest, most effective environment to handle the vast spectrum of complex cancer surgical procedures.
  • State-of-the art radiation oncology center. Staffed by nationally respected radiation oncologists, physicists and technical staff, this center includes seven treatment vaults each equipped with the latest Varian TruBeam linear accelerator technology for delivering targeted radiation therapy. An architectural marvel, the entire Radiation Oncology Center is located on the second floor, enabling the penetration of natural light into the center.  Natural light has been demonstrated to have a positive impact on a patient’s recovery rate. The James is one of only two such radiation oncology centers in the country located in such an elevated location. 
  • A fully-integrated cancer emergency department. This unit—which includes 15 treatment stations—is staffed by a core team of emergency medicine physicians, oncologists and a highly experienced emergency medicine and oncology nursing team, The James cancer emergency department will deliver specialized urgent and crisis care tailored to the unique needs for cancer patients. This includes management of acute conditions that occur as the result of cancer therapies (such as dehydration, fever and infection) and addressing pre-existing medical conditions that can be complicated by cancer treatment (i.e. COPD, heart disease, diabetes) and present emergency problems.

Official Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Nov. 7

The new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is about to open. Media are invited to join us to celebrate this momentous occasion. Friday, November 7, 2:00pm 460 W. 10th Avenue 

Community Open House Nov. 9 

Members of the community are invited to be among the first to view the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm by attending an open house. Complimentary parking is available. The new hospital is located at 460 W. 10th Ave.

More information about the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is available at cancer.osu.edu. To inquire about patient care programs or clinical trials, call The James Line at 1-800-293-5066.

About The OSUCCC – James

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only four centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.


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