Puerto Rico to build $196M cancer treatment center

Puerto Rico is building a $196 million cancer treatment center that will provide services including chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the 12-story center is scheduled to open in April 2016. It will feature eight specialized surgery rooms. He said the center also will pursue scientific investigations and cater to the needs of people living in Puerto Rico as well as Latinos living in the U.S.

The center in the San Juan suburb of Rio Piedras and is being built with public funds.

Garcia said Wednesday that more than 1,300 jobs will be created during the construction phase and another 750 jobs once it opens.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Puerto Rico allocates $2M to fight citrus disease

Aug 27, 2013

Puerto Rico's governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday and ordered the release of $2 million to help agriculture officials fight a disease that has attacked citrus trees in the U.S. territory.

Report: Puerto Rico unprepared for climate change

Aug 24, 2013

Environmental officials and scientists warned Friday that Puerto Rico is dangerously vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and urged it to prepare by better-regulated coastal development, and ...

Recommended for you

Unraveling the 'black ribbon' around lung cancer

Apr 17, 2014

It's not uncommon these days to find a colored ribbon representing a disease. A pink ribbon is well known to signify breast cancer. But what color ribbon does one think of with lung cancer?

User comments