The new breast and imaging center on Second Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets
Benefactors, friends, and members of the Memorial Sloan Kettering community came together on October 5 to celebrate the opening of a distinctive 16-story building housing the expanded Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center and the new MSKCC Imaging Center. Located on Second Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets, the building offers patients the most up-do-date cancer care in an attractive, dignified, and comfortable setting.
As designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, the building provides nearly 240,000 square feet of space. In addition to providing high-tech infrastructure to accommodate the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment, it creates much-needed academic and administrative offices and support areas.
The expanded Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, which is named in honor of a commitment from the Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Foundation, occupies most of the building’s first nine floors. It more than doubles the amount of space available in the original 64th Street breast center, which the Lauders helped establish in 1992—and which led to a surge in demand for first-rate, comprehensive care that the new facility is designed to meet.
This increased capacity makes it possible to bring a broad spectrum of breast services together under a single roof, including medical and surgical consultations, mammography and advanced imaging technologies, chemotherapy, pathology services, and psychological and genetic counseling.
Among the donors who have joined with the Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Foundation to make the Center a reality are Gail and Richard Siegal, who contributed funds for the creation of the new building’s beautiful lobby in honor of Larry Norton; the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, which provided support to name the second floor in addition to underwriting breast cancer research; and Joseph and Arlene Taub, whose commitment through their foundation will fund research while supporting the creation of a floor dedicated in memory of their daughter, Sandra Taub.
Altogether, generous supporters
have made substantial gifts to name a variety of spaces in the new building, thereby helping to secure Memorial Sloan Kettering’s continued leadership in understanding and treating breast cancer.
Also located in the new building is the MSKCC Imaging Center, which features an entire floor dedicated to general radiology services. It houses attractive and comfortable waiting areas, examination rooms, and a full complement of today’s most advanced equipment, including powerful 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanners (3T MRI).
To ensure that patients will always have access to the most advanced technology, the Imaging Center is configured to allow the installation of new equipment as it is developed.
In constructing this beautiful new building, Memorial Sloan Kettering has benefited enormously from the support of its generous donors. With its opening, such support will be more important than ever—not only for underwriting the cost of construction, but also for supporting research into breast cancer, imaging, and other areas that will have a direct impact on the quality of care Memorial Sloan Kettering provides.
The roster of donors who have made gifts to name spaces in the new Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center includes the following:
Lisa and Andrew Abramson
Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation
Claire and Meyer W. Frank and Leann Frank Charitable Foundation
Friends and Family of Judah Gubbay
Jan and David Ichel
Mr. and Mrs. Matania Kochavi
Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Foundation
James J. and Marianne B. Lowrey
Susan and Arthur Maier
Lucille & Paul Maslin Foundation
Jenice and Irving Pulver
Patricia M. Hynes and Roy L. Reardon Foundation
Stephen and Bobbi Rosenthal
Bonnie and Mitchell Rudin and Family
Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
Nancy Shevell and Arlen Walters Blakeman
Gail and Richard Siegal
Joseph and Arlene Taub Foundation
Family of Maria Elena Villanueva
Family and Friends of C.C. Wang