Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center joined together to create the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center (BMDACC) located on the Banner Gateway Medical Center Campus in Gilbert, Arizona. The initiative joined Arizona’s leading provider of healthcare and the nation’s leading cancer center to provide patients and their families with an unprecedented level of cancer care in Arizona.
Phase one of an extensive master plan for the campus, the facility is anchored by a 133,000-sq.-ft. cancer outpatient center and supported by 76 patient beds on two floors inside of Banner Gateway Medical Center. Utilizing the multi-disciplinary care approach pioneered at MD Anderson, services include medical, radiation and surgical oncology, pathology, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, as well as other supportive clinical services. The new, state-of-the-art design merges the “high tech” world of medicine with the “high touch” needs of cancer patients and their families to provide an unmatched environment for cancer care in the valley.
The building also features a “Lantern of Hope,” a symbolic beacon for patients and their families, lighting the path of hope along the cancer journey – hope for healing, acceptance and personal wishes. The four-story metal structure is constructed of water-jet cut metal and steel and is patterned to reflect the leaves and branches of the palo verde tree, known for its healing properties. The lantern is illuminated by the sun during the day, and from within at night with beautiful colors of light.