Torrance Memorial Medical Center Community Open House of The Hunt Cancer Center
South Bay Patients to Benefit from Patient-Centered Environment that Consolidates
Cancer Treatment Services into One Location
TORRANCE, CA, October 17, 2019 – Nearly 17 months after breaking ground, Torrance Memorial Medical Center
is hosting a Community Open House of the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Cancer
Center on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Community
Open House is an opportunity to tour the facilities before it opens to
patients in December 2019.
The Hunt Cancer Center is a 38,000 square-foot facility, designed to consolidate
and strengthen cancer care in the South Bay. The Center is named after
the late Donald Hunt, founder of South Bay-based Hunt Enterprises, and
his wife Priscilla. Hunt Cancer Center patients will benefit from Torrance
Memorial’s recent affiliation with Cedars-Sinai through access to
new and innovative clinical trials and a team of subspecialists, who treat
more than 60 types of cancer, from common to rare to complex.
“We couldn’t be more excited for the South Bay and its residents
when we think about what this means to our patients and our community,”
said Hugo Hool, MD, chairman of Torrance Memorial’s oncology committee,
director of the Hunt Cancer Institute. “We will have the most advanced
infusion capabilities and expand our complimentary medicine repertoire.
It will improve cross-disciplinary collaboration and of course add Cedars-Sinai’s
vast expertise to our excellent care in the South Bay. Clinical trials
will be broadly expanded and strengthened across all cancer types.”
The center designed by c/a ARCHITECTS of Long Beach, includes a private
underground parking garage designed to provide oncology patients direct
access to the lobby to help preserve their privacy during visits. The
interior of the cancer center is designed to provide a hopeful environment,
integrating natural light with calming shades of blues and greens associated
with healing and reflective of its proximity to the ocean.
“The space was designed so our patients can receive personalized
attention and services from Torrance Memorial doctors and access to Cedars-Sinai
expertise and experience – all in one place without having to drive
to multiple locations or leave the South Bay. This is great news for our
community,” said Craig Leach, president and CEO of Torrance Memorial
The Hunt Cancer Center creates a patient-centered environment that consolidates
cancer treatment services to one location including its nurse navigators,
cancer education, genetic counseling services, clinical research trials,
infusion and chemotherapy therapies. The clinic spaces are designed with
spacious exam rooms that allow the practitioners, patients and multiple
family members an interactive environment for the discussion and diagnosis
of their care.
The Center will offer a 32-station infusion center located on the second
floor surrounded by windows to allow natural light during treatment. Each
patient will have their own generously-sized station with access to a
multimedia info-tainment system and room for a supportive guest if needed
during treatment. The Centers’ location adjacent to the Polak Imaging
Pavilion will grant added convenience for patients in need of diagnostic imaging.
The Center is the new home of the highly-acclaimed Torrance Memorial Physician
Network - Cancer Care, which has served South Bay cancer patients and
their families for more than 50 years. Torrance Memorial Physician Network
offers a team of more than 70 highly-trained personnel and practitioners,
ranging from physicians active in cancer research to chemotherapy-certified
nurses to fully licensed medical assistants to laboratory technologists.
Hunt Cancer Center patients will continue to benefit from the comprehensive
services offered through Torrance Memorial’s Hunt Cancer Institute.
These range from cutting-edge diagnostic tools, such as 3D mammography,
to a multidisciplinary tumor board which closely reviews and discusses
tumor images and complex oncology cases with a team approach to treatment.
It also offers the most advanced tools available, such as the TrueBeam®
Radiotherapy System known for delivering radiation with extraordinaryly
high precision to spare healthy tissue, and the da Vinci Xi ® Surgical
System, also called the da Vinci robot, which takes the least invasive
surgical approach available.
The Hunt family, whose real estate company portfolio includes more than
4,000 residential units, industrial buildings, shopping centers among
other assets has pledged $34 million to Torrance Memorial—the second
largest family gift in the more than 90-year history of the medical center.
“I often use the expression ‘health is wealth,’”
Priscilla Hunt said. “Thanks to care received at Torrance Memorial,
our long-time receptionist Angela at Hunt Enterprises survived stage-four
cancer and is back at work today. My sister’s life was extended
long enough to see her first grandchild born. Because I have the means
to give, I am doing so to help others have more time with the people they
care about and to receive the best care available without having to travel
To learn more about the Hunt Cancer Institute, visit:
www.torrancememorial.org or call 310-325-9110.
ABOUT THE HUNT CANCER INSTITUTE
The Hunt Cancer Institute at Torrance Memorial is a fully accredited cancer program by the American College of Surgeons
Commission on Cancer. Its community of cancer experts provides highly-skilled
care and compassionate support and services, through the journey of cancer
treatment and beyond. From screening through diagnosis and treatment into
survivorship, the Hunt Cancer Institute is fully dedicated to the principle
of complete care for people with cancer and their loved ones.
ABOUT TORRANCE MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
Founded in 1925 by Jared Sidney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial
Medical Center is a 512-bed, nonprofit medical center established to provide
quality health care services predominantly to the residents of the South
Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer
the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate,
caring manner. No longer just a hospital, today Torrance Memorial Medical
Center includes an extensive integrated system of physicians and comprehensive
medical services to provide coordinated communication and continuum of
care. Torrance Memorial is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai under the umbrella
of Cedars-Sinai Health System. Torrance Memorial’s nursing program
has earned coveted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes
nursing excellence. Torrance Memorial Medical Center has once again been
recognized as a Best Hospital for 2019-20 for the eighth straight year by
U.S. News & World Report, placing the hospital in the top 3% in the state. Torrance Memorial moved
up to the position of 12th highest ranking hospital for overall hospital
quality in the state of California. In addition, Torrance Memorial’s
orthopedic program was included in the national rankings for the first
time at #42. For more information, please visit:
ABOUT c/a ARCHITECTS
c|a ARCHITECTS is a 40-person health care design firm, providing full architectural
and interior design services as well as space planning, lean planning
and master planning services. From landmark medical campuses to intimate
imaging suites, c|a ARCHITECTS has specialized in California medical design
for the last 26 years. The firm continues to plan and design exceptional
environments that promote healing while meeting the industry’s planning,
efficiency and technical demands. c|a ARCHITECTS’ ingenuity, technical
expertise and attention to detail consistently place its projects at the
forefront of cutting-edge design. This is achieved through an extensive
knowledge and talent base, as well as a collaborative environment, passion
for outstanding results and dedicated customer service.
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