The Inova Governance Board that runs the five hospital medical system has approved the establishment of the Comprehensive Cancer and Research Institute.
The institute will work in conjunction with the Inova Translational Medicine Institute and the clinical staff to provide unique, patient-targeted therapies, according to a news release from Inova. The new cancer research institute will coordinate current cancer services provided across medical system’s hospitals. Once construction is completed, the cancer institute will be a seven-story, freestanding facility on the Inova Fairfax Hospital campus in Falls Church.
Construction will begin in 2014.
“We have a mission that the patient comes first at Inova," said its CEO Knox Singleton, in a written statement. "The ICCRI's care will focus on prevention and prediction. By building the largest cancer facility in Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, we will care for more patients and, most importantly, give them the best quality of care.”
“We are incorporating state-of-the-art imaging, treatment technologies and disease-specific physician expertise to deal with common, rare and unusual cancers provided in a patient-friendly, convenient freestanding cancer center,” he said.
Inova Fairfax Hospital was recently named the best healthcare provider in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area by U.S. News. The same report lists the hospital as the second best in Virginia.