The UTHealth RGV Cancer and Surgery Center will be the first and only cancer and ambulatory surgery center in the Rio Grande Valley providing the highest quality, patient-centered cancer care. This new 144,231 square-foot center located in McAllen, Texas, will be a state-of-the-art facility, and UTHealth RGV is partnering with MD Anderson Cancer Center to assist with the design, process and workflow, and medical equipment recommendations. Currently the Rio Grande Valley does not have a facility of this caliber designed to address the health needs of the medically underserved areas of South Texas. The UTHealth RGV Cancer and Surgery Center is located in an area of Texas that experiences health disparities and health outcomes well below both national and state averages and is designated as one of the most medically underserved regions in the United States. While Texas lags behind the national average for physicians, the four counties that make up the Rio Grande Valley have even lower ratios of physicians to population. The increasing need for skilled medical personnel is also a function of rapid population growth across all age groups, with a current population of approximately 1.4 million whose median age is under 31 years old. Hispanics comprise 91.7% of the population. Population growth is accompanied by rising rates of obesity and associated diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer in the population at large. By establishing an interdisciplinary collaboration with medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology, the UTHealth RGV Cancer and Surgery Center will provide comprehensive care and clinical training. The Center addresses the needs of the RGV for improved access to high quality education programs, which will ultimately expand existing capacities, provide jobs, reduce poverty, and enrich lives. UTRGV’s School of Medicine provides students with access to high-quality, innovative medical education pr
ograms, and the UTHealth RGV Cancer and Surgery Center will be a primary training facility for our future physicians. Supporting patient care, the Center will also meet the region’s need for innovative research and technological advances that catalyze new discoveries across the full spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research. The UT Health RGV Cancer and Surgery Center will include an oncology clinic, diagnosis imaging suite, rehabilitation therapy, ambulatory surgery center, orthopedics clinic, and support service space for these modalities. The building will include space for infusion, radiation oncology (Linear Accelerator-LINAC), diagnostic imaging (Mammography, Rad/Fluoro, Ultrasound, MRI, CT, PET CT), a pathology laboratory, clinical research space, infusion pharmacy, as well as staff and public amenities, including food service/café, administrative offices, and associated building support spaces. As the clinical enterprise of the School of Medicine continues to grow, the UT Health RGV Cancer and Surgery Center will become a world-class site for clinical care, translational research, and for training some of the best physicians of the future. The facility will be the premiere site in the Rio Grande Valley for clinicians and scientists to collaborate and deliver the finest medical care possible.