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Utah County, state officials react to Huntsman Institute plans in Vineyard

By Staff | Jun 21, 2023

Harrison Epstein, Daily Herald

Utah County officials listen during a celebration announcing the construction of a new Huntsman Cancer Institute in Vineyard on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

“We’re grateful to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Huntsman family for expanding access to cancer patients in Utah County and throughout our state. This state-of-the-art facility will help thousands of cancer patients and their loved ones as they seek high-quality treatment and support. We are proud to stand in support of this new phase, and side-by-side with each cancer patient in Utah, as we work to bring hope and healing even closer to more communities.” — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox.

“This is an exciting development for our community, and we are honored to have such a renowned institution join us. The arrival of the Huntsman Cancer Institute located in Vineyard, which is centrally located in the county, will undoubtedly spur economic growth and job opportunities throughout the region. It will attract top-tier medical professionals, researchers, and support staff, creating a ripple effect that strengthens our healthcare infrastructure and fosters collaboration with local medical institutions.” — Utah County Commission Chair Amelia Powers Gardner.

“Utah County will be blessed with this new facility. Brave and inspiration cancer patients will be able to get treatment from this state-of-the-art-facility. Thank you to everyone involved in making this cancer institute a reality.” — Utah County Commission Vice Chair Brandon Gordon.

“Utah County warmly welcomes the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s second headquarters to the heart of Utah. This announcement is as extraordinary as it is timely. Given the known and unknown roots of the many types of cancers, to see this institution’s expansion into our neighborhood is a profoundly welcome event.” — Utah County Commissioner Tom Sakievich.

“Traveling long distances to seek cancer treatment places undue burden on those in our community at their most vulnerable times. Receiving cancer care close to home improves health outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients. Our community of Alpine, Utah, would greatly benefit from receiving comprehensive cancer care in Utah Valley.” — Alpine City Mayor Carla Merrill.

“Having cancer care close to home is a great blessing to our residents and surrounding communities. The Huntsman Cancer Institute is leading the way in treatment with a goal towards a cancer-free environment. They deliver a high standard of care in pursuit of healing the individual while minimizing any disruption from the normal routine of life.” — American Fork Mayor Brad Frost.

“I am so pleased to hear that the Huntsman Cancer Institute is coming to Utah County. The residents of Utah County will be well served by having this invaluable resource nearby. Having watched loved ones suffer through cancer treatments, travel to important, life-saving treatment was part of the stress associated with the process. Reducing that burden for our Utah County residents will hopefully make this difficult experience less difficult. Thank you, Huntsman Cancer Institute for providing this important resource.” — Cedar Hills Mayor Denise Andersen.

“Huntsman Cancer Institute offers world class research, treatment, and patient care. Providing access to quality care that is convenient for Eagle Mountain residents and all of Utah County is a deeply meaningful step in the fight to end cancer.” — Eagle Mountain Mayor Tom Westmoreland.

“With the rapid growth of Utah County, it is both necessary and exciting to see the interest that top notch health organizations have in locating here. I appreciate greatly this commitment from the Huntsman Cancer institute in locating in Vineyard.” — Lehi City Mayor Mark Johnson.

“For nearly 3 decades, the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City has been a beacon for research, education, and patient care for people with all types of cancer, serving many throughout the Mountain West. We are excited that their world-renowned mission to improve the lives of people affected by cancer will be expanded to now include a state-of-the-art location right here in Vineyard, Utah, which will be an incredible resource for our surrounding communities.” — Lindon Mayor Carolyn Lundberg.

“Having Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah’s largest regional development at the crossroads for transportation is critical for serving patients throughout our region and further south. Orem welcomes Huntsman Cancer Institute and looks forward to the partnerships built and forged through the growing business in Vineyard and our surrounding communities.” — Orem Mayor Dave Young.

“I wholeheartedly support the proposed expansion of the Huntsman Cancer Institute for the following reasons: Time is critical for many cancer patients; cancer patients would have better access to the medical treatment they desperately need; and I believe it would save more lives.” — Payson Mayor Bill Wright.

“Utah County is experiencing a medical transformation. Huntsman Cancer Institute will be a welcomed and valued partner in our medically-innovative county. Through coordinated effort, Utah County is providing for citizens’ medical needs while training the doctors who will meet the needs of the generations to come.” — Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi.

“As mayor of Santaquin, I find this [announcement of a Huntsman Cancer Institute location in Vineyard, Utah] some of the best news that we have had in a while. A few years ago, we had a family member diagnosed with cancer and began immediate treatment at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The travel of 75 miles each way from Santaquin was a challenge and yet the experience to see, firsthand, the care received was more than remarkable. Bringing the Huntsman Cancer Institute to Vineyard is going to provide families facing transportation challenges a chance to receive much needed care with less time on the road.” — Santaquin Mayor Dan Olson.

“A hospital of this caliber in Utah County will be a game changer for our residents. Intermountain Healthcare being in Spanish Fork has been a huge blessing for South Utah County and those coming through. The compliment of having an additional partner in healthcare will only add to the physical and mental health of our city.” — Spanish Fork Mayor Mike Mendenhall.

“I am thrilled Huntsman Cancer Institute is expanding to Utah County. With this expansion, lifesaving care will be more accessible to Utahns. Thank you to the Huntsman family for their tireless efforts and profound impact as we partner in our great state to advance comprehensive cancer care. The new location brings renewed hope to the fight against cancer and enhances access to world-class care and groundbreaking research.” — Utah Senate President J. Stuart Adams.


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