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Cancer Center Celebrates Groundbreaking

Posted on | October 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Cancer Center Celebrates Groundbreaking

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The Queen's Medical Center CEO Art Ushijima, cancer center Director Michele Carbone, Hawaiʻi Pacific Health CEO Chuck Sted

UH officials were joined by state and national lawmakers, hospital executives and cancer survivors in breaking ground for new University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center research facilities adjacent to the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kakaʻako on Oct. 28.

Keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye was among those who shared stories about how cancer had touched their lives, recalling how his grandmother ate soup from a pond plant prescribed by a Native Hawaiian herbalist, how he quit smoking the day he was told he might have lung cancer and how he lost his wife Maggie to cancer.

President M.R.C. Greenwood, Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and cancer center Director Michele Carbone reiterated the university’s goal of bringing state-of-the-art care to Hawaiʻi residents through a collaboration involving university researchers operating out of the new center and local physicians providing care through area hospitals.

View more pictures or read the story in Mālamalama.