Daily Archives: April 27, 2008

Houston, Arizona facilities may begin cancer center for Valley

[Source: Kate Nolan, Arizona Republic] — A major Houston cancer center may collaborate with Arizona’s largest health-care provider on cancer care in Phoenix.  According to sources from both institutions, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Banner Health are in talks that may lead to a comprehensive cancer center downtown.  The Valley already boasts branches of two major cancer clinics in Scottsdale, the Arizona Cancer Center (based in Tucson) and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (based in Rochester, Minn.).

Like M.D. Anderson, they are among the 39 elite comprehensive cancer centers funded by the National Cancer Institute.  In all, the NCI funds 62 cancer centers.  Plans for a full-scale downtown Phoenix cancer center have been in the works before.  A proposed collaboration between Arizona Cancer Center, Maricopa Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare, Banner Health, and others for a downtown facility in conjunction with the University of Arizona College of Medicine never got past the talking stage.  Later talks between the Arizona Cancer Center and Banner Health ended last year without an agreement.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Metro Phoenix parks and open space subject of two studies

Papago Park, Phoenix[Source: Project for Livable Communities] — Valley Forward is promoting “The Valley’s Pedestrian Freeway: A Priceless Necklace of Trails and Gems” on its website. Although there are numerous gaps in the route, Valley Forward envisions “a ring of trails, circling the Valley, connecting parks, riparian corridors, recreational facilities, and desert landscapes.” You can learn more about the trails system and how you can help to close the gaps, plus find trails that you can enjoy today.

In addition, an in-depth look is taken by Randy Virgen in the article, “The Challenge of Providing Parks and Recreation Services in a Fast Growing Metropolitan Area,” of the 2008 Arizona Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. “Parks, open space, and recreation opportunities are central to our quality of life and serve as important economic drivers for tourism and other economic sectors. But the fact is that our parks and recreation services are at a crossroads: They can no longer keep up with the demands by Greater Phoenix’s growing population.” Click here to read the complete article, which appeared in the February 2008 APRA Magazine.