PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - The Memorial Cancer Institute in Pembroke Pines has officially opened its doors, providing a new beacon of hope for those fighting cancer.

More than 300 local leaders gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday to mark the inauguration of the state-of-the-art, world-class treatment facility, located next to Memorial Hospital West.

The four-story, 125,000-square-foot institute features a dedicated breast cancer center designed with input from survivors. It has 63 exam rooms, 51 private infusion suites, a rooftop garden and a meditation sanctuary.

Scott Wester, Memorial Healthcare System’s president and CEO, spoke at the ceremony.

“What a great gift — not only the birth of Memorial Regional 70 years ago, we now have the birth of really one of the finest cancer institutes in the United States,” he said.

The facility took two years and $125 million to build and stands as a testament to the community’s commitment to advancing cancer care.

What sets it apart is the emphasis on patient experience, with input from cancer survivors contributing to the layout and functionality of the treatment areas.

The Memorial Cancer Institute is expected to serve nearly 5,000 patients annually.

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