Sloan Kettering to Build New 31-Story Hospital Tower on UES Campus

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on York Avenue/Upper East Site
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on York Avenue/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – Memorial Sloan Kettering is looking to increase its cancer care on the Upper East Side, announcing plans on Monday to build a new high-rise hospital tower that would give the cancer center more space to treat patients.

The 31-story cancer care Pavilion will be state-of-the-art, MSKCC says, housing twenty-eight new operating rooms, cutting-edge robotics and an improved digital infrastructure— supporting the cancer center’s push to address disparities in access to cancer care for underserved communities. 

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“To address the changing face of cancer, we will need more advanced technology to deliver highly-specialized, complex interventions that will deliver the best possible outcome for every patient,” said Dr. Lisa DeAngelis, Chief Medical Officer of MSKCC. 

“The new Pavilion will provide the facilities to do that, enabling us to meet the needs of a growing population of people who will require cancer care.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on York Avenue/Upper East Site
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on York Avenue/Upper East Site

Set to rise at the corner of East 66th Street and York Avenue, it appears the new tower will replace the 22-story building currently standing at the location, which is owned by Sloan Kettering and currently used as housing for Employees and graduate students, though this has not been confirmed by the hospital. 

It’s not clear when demolition or groundbreaking would begin, but MSKCC says they expect the Pavilion to be complete by 2030. 

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“As a world-renowned cancer research, education, and care center, [Memorial Sloan Kettering] has been a key player in New York’s reputation as a center for innovation, recruiting some of the most talented clinicians and scientists to live, learn, and work here,” said Dr. Craig Thompson, President and CEO of MSKCC. 

“The new Pavilion is a critical component in ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to the best doctors and scientists in the world well into the future.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is ranked number two in the country for cancer care by US News and World Report, behind only the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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