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Fox Chase Cancer Center Conducts Traffic Study

PHILADELPHIA (May 13, 2005) -- In a continuing effort to address community issues involved in its proposed 20-year, $1 billion campus expansion, Fox Chase Cancer Center has commissioned a study of traffic patterns and conditions in and around the Center's campus. The study, to be conducted by the nationally-recognized Schoor DePalma engineering firm, will focus on traffic patterns, the configuration of the roads, existing conditions, projected growth, pedestrian movement and planned improvements in the Fox Chase area.

"The community and Councilman O'Neill have supported the need for a traffic study, and we agree that it is necessary to strategically plan our growth in a way that best avoids traffic congestion in the future," explained Fox Chase president Robert C. Young, M.D. Brian J. O'Neill is the Councilman for the 10th District, which encompasses the Fox Chase area.

Fox Chase's five-phase growth plan is expected to take about 20 years to complete. Earlier this year, the Fairmount Park Commission approved Fox Chase Cancer Center's plan to build much-needed patient care and research facilities that will utilize 19.4 acres of Burholme Park. The expansion will include building a new state-of-the art hospital, an outpatient treatment center, and cutting-edge research facilities. Fox Chase expects the expansion to create 4,000 new permanent city jobs. The project announced today is not being built on the Burholme site, but rather on land that is part of Fox Chase's existing campus.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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