PITTSBURGH — Highmark Health says Allegheny Health Network will build a state-of-the-art cancer institute at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital as part of a $200 million investment in cancer care.

The health network says about a half-dozen more community cancer treatment centers will be added in the region over the next two years. Officials didn’t release the locations of the centers, which will bring as many as 175 health care jobs to western Pennsylvania, but said they would offer medical and radiation oncology care.

Allegheny Health Network says it will also strengthen its partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, which provides remote consultation and second opinions, among other things, to cancer patients and also offers them access to clinical trials conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers.

Groundbreaking on the project is expected later this year.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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