Summit Medical Group Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Partnership with No. 1-Ranked Cancer Care Center and Physician-Owned Multispecialty Group Expands Services into Northern New Jersey

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Summit Medical Group today broke ground on its 130,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center in Florham Park.

Today’s groundbreaking for Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center marks another milestone in our ongoing quest to bring world-class cancer care to people all across New Jersey.

Today, Summit Medical Group Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Le Benger, MD, and Rockefeller Group SVP and Regional Development Officer Clark Machemer were joined by health system and community leaders including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, MD Anderson, Vice President Operations of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, Margaret Row, MD, MBA, Cooper University Health Care Chairman George E. Norcross III, and Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor, to break ground at the Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center. Expected to open in late 2018, the state-of-the-art, 130,000-square-foot building will be adjacent to Summit Medical Group’s new facility at The Green at Florham Park, 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park, New Jersey. Rockefeller Group, a leading global real-estate owner, is developing and leasing the property to Summit Medical Group, a clinically integrated network partner with MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

“We couldn’t be more excited to break ground on what promises to be an innovative cancer center, providing patient care that is fully integrated with the multidisciplinary care Summit Medical Group already provides to so many residents of New Jersey,” said Le Benger. “We thank Gov. Christie, George Norcross, Mayor Taylor and all of our honored guests and dignitaries for joining us to celebrate this milestone.”

“Today’s groundbreaking marks another milestone in our ongoing quest to bring world-class cancer care to people all across New Jersey,” Gov. Christie said. “This new development also brings more quality private-sector jobs, attracting and retaining the best graduates and professionals for our state’s workforce in this critical field. I am delighted that New Jersey’s relationship with MD Anderson continues to grow, as we add our second major cancer center in this collaboration.”

MD Anderson first brought its top-ranked cancer care to New Jersey in partnership with Cooper University Health Care in Camden, New Jersey, in October 2013. The extension of the MD Anderson and Cooper partnership to Summit Medical Group now provides access to top-quality cancer care to Northern New Jersey residents.

We are proud of the success of our strong partnership with MD Anderson, the No. 1–ranked cancer care center in the nation,” said Norcross. “The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper has transformed the market in South Jersey, allowing thousands of residents to stay in our state for the very best cancer care available. By extending our partnership to include the excellent physicians of the Summit Medical Group, many more families in northern New Jersey will have convenient access to MD Anderson’s superior cancer care as we work together on making cancer history.”

“This new facility is another opportunity to bring the highest-quality cancer care to patients in New Jersey,” said DePinho. “Our mission is to end cancer globally and with SMG and Cooper as our committed and compassionate partners, together we can raise the quality and effectiveness of cancer care for all patients in this community. This is a great day for the families of New Jersey.”

The new patient-centered cancer facility will feature the latest advances in cancer care including medical oncology, infusion, diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology. Throughout development, world-class cancer care services are available at Summit Medical Group locations in Berkeley Heights and Morristown, New Jersey.

“This project will play a vital role in boosting Florham Park’s economy and in assuring our residents that they can stay closer to home to access leading cancer treatment and therapies. I am honored to welcome the Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center to my city,” said Taylor.

The Green at Florham Park, Rockefeller Group’s 268-acre, master planned development is currently home to Summit Medical Group, the New York Jets, and BASF’s North American headquarters. Rockefeller Group is also developing AVE Florham Park and the Archer Hotel.

“The Green at Florham Park is the ideal location for this facility, and we’re honored to develop this property on behalf of two well-respected healthcare providers: Summit Medical Group and MD Anderson,” said Machemer. “The property’s accessibility to Northern New Jersey communities will serve the patients of Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center well.”

About Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center
With a special emphasis on continuity of care, the Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center was formed in 2016 through a partnership between Summit Medical Group (SMG) and MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide fully integrated, multidisciplinary cancer care for patients in northern New Jersey and the tristate area. An extension of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, New Jersey, Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center is clinically integrated with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper joined MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, in 2013. Summit Medical Group is one of four partner members of the network and contributes to MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer. For more information, visit http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/service/Oncology-Center/.

About MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution’s sole mission is to end cancer for patients and their families around the world. Last year, more than 135,000 individuals came to MD Anderson for not only the largest clinical trials program in the world, but for its signature multidisciplinary care. MD Anderson in Houston employs almost 21,000 cancer fighters, including nearly 1,700 physicians and scientists.

About Cooper University Health Care
Cooper University Health Care has been a leading health system in South Jersey since 1887 with a mission “to serve, to heal, to educate.” Cooper operates an academic, tertiary care hospital affiliated with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; a children’s hospital; more than 100 outpatient offices; and three Urgent Care Centers throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2012, Cooper partnered with MD Anderson to bring the nation’s top-ranked cancer center’s services to the region. In 2013, Cooper, as MD Anderson’s anchor partner in the Northeast, opened MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

About the Rockefeller Group
The Rockefeller Group is a leading real estate developer, owner and investor, known since the development of Rockefeller Center for pioneering large-scale urban mixed-use development. For nearly nine decades the company has been trusted for its financial strength, stability and vision, and today remains committed to the selective acquisition, management and development of innovative, high-quality office, industrial, residential and mixed-use properties in urban centers and strategic distribution markets. The company combines the global perspective and market access of a sophisticated development and investment management platform, through its partnership with Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd., and its strategic investments in independent property fund platforms in the United States and Europe. Visit RockefellerGroup.com.

Photo Caption: Summit Medical Group today broke ground on its 130,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center in Florham Park. L-to-R: Rockefeller Group SVP and Regional Development Officer, Clark Machemer; Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health, Cathleen Bennett; Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Summit Medical Group Chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Le Benger, MD; Vice President Operations of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, Margaret Row, MD, MBA, and Cooper University Health Care Chairman George E. Norcross III.

Photo courtesy of Summit Medical Group

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