Scripps to build $185M proton therapy center

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Scripps Health plans to build a new patient care facility to offer advanced proton therapy to cancer patients in San Diego. Groundbreaking for the $185 million Scripps Proton Therapy Center is scheduled for July, and the facility is expected to be open for patient care by spring 2013.

The facility will be built through a partnership among Scripps Health, Scripps Clinic Medical Group and Advanced Particle Therapy (APT) of Minden, Nev. APT has arranged financing to build the center and purchase proton therapy equipment from Varian Medical Systems of Palo Alto, Calif. Additionally, APT will manage and maintain the building and equipment. Varian will equip the facility with a proton therapy system. The center’s superconducting cyclotron will feature pencil-beam scanning.

The 102,000-square-foot center will be the second proton therapy in California and will have capacity to treat 2,400 patients annually.