Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Sloan Kettering Plans Bergen Unit

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Sloan Kettering Plans Bergen Unit

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center plans to open a regional cancer center in northern Bergen County where patients can visit a doctor, undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and receive other outpatient services without having to travel to New York City, a senior vice president said Wednesday.

The center, which will be Sloan Kettering's third satellite facility in New Jersey, is intended to provide the same care as the internationally recognized cancer hospital in Manhattan, with the convenience of free parking and easy highway access. It will be in Montvale, within a mile of Garden State Parkway Exit 172.

"We have a lot of patients who live in the area who come into Memorial Sloan Kettering for their care," said Margaret Burke, senior vice president of its ambulatory care network and hospital operations. "We're bringing that care closer to the patients. They're already choosing to be treated at Sloan Kettering. This is making it easier geographically."

The Montvale facility, which executives hope to open in April 2017, is expected to treat about 300 patients a day, she said.

The hospital is expected to close on the 145,000-square-foot office building, whose previous occupants included Barr Laboratories and Toys "R" Us, in late May, said Mayor Roger J. Fyfe. It is located on Summit Avenue.

"We were just thrilled they chose Montvale," said Fyfe, who estimated the hospital's investment in the range of $140 million. "Those patients are going to come and eat in our restaurants, buy in our stores and probably stay in our hotels."

The anticipated addition of 330 full-time jobs was particularly welcome after the announcement in January that Mercedes-Benz USA was moving its headquarters to Georgia after 43 years, Fyfe said. Its departure will eliminate 1,000 jobs.

"We know the corporate market is hurting - it's a big part of our town and what our town is based on," he said. …

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