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The Donald & Priscilla Hunt Cancer Center is Now Open

The Donald & Priscilla Hunt Cancer Center is Now Open

The Donald and Priscilla Hunt Cancer Center officially opened its doors to patients and the community on December 16. After a 16-month construction period, the building was completed on time and on budget.

According to Craig Leach, president and CEO of Torrance Memorial, “The magnitude and efforts of so many to bring this dream of a consolidated cancer care center into reality for the South Bay community is thanks to generous donations, planning and the hard work of everyone involved in bringing this project to fruition.”

Hugo Hool, MD, chair of Torrance Memorial’s oncology committee and director of the Hunt Cancer Center, says, “We couldn’t be more excited for the South Bay and its residents when we think about what this means to our patients and our community.”

A donor event was held in November with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting led by Priscilla Hunt in honor of her family’s generous donation of $34 million to make the center possible. “I often use the expression ‘Health is wealth,’” she said. “Thanks to care received at Torrance Memorial, our long-time receptionist Angela at Hunt Enterprises survived Stage IV cancer and is back at work today. My sister’s life was extended long enough to see her first grandchild turn one year's old. Because I have the means to give, I am doing so to help others have more time with the people they care about.”

Cancer patients will continue to benefit from the comprehensive services offered through Torrance Memorial’s Hunt Cancer Institute. Using their expertise, compassion, advanced technology and sophisticated equipment, a multidisciplinary team supports patients throughout treatment and beyond. A robust clinical trial program and a growing partnership with Cedars-Sinai will enhance the cross-disciplinary collaboration and affiliation between the two institutions and serve to expand and strengthen clinical trials across all cancer types. •

About Hunt Cancer Center

  • Advancing cancer care in the South Bay
  • Consolidates cancer treatment services into one location
  • 38,000-square-foot building
  • Free underground parking
  • 27 exam rooms
  • 32 infusion bays with personal entertainment consoles
  • Torrance Memorial Resource Center with nurse navigators, clinical education, genetic counseling, clinical research trials