Cancer Care Center Coming To Coliseum

 Cancer treatment center Memorial Sloan Kettering recently agreed to buy 5 acres of land on the soon-to-be-open property of the renovated Nassau Coliseum, portrayed above in a rendering.

Cancer treatment center Memorial Sloan Kettering recently agreed to buy 5 acres of land on the soon-to-be-open property of the renovated Nassau Coliseum, portrayed above in a rendering.

Memorial Sloan Kettering has agreed to buy 5 acres on the Nassau Coliseum property, where it plans to build a state-of-the-art outpatient cancer treatment center, Nassau Executive Edward Mangano said last week.

The land is located on the southwest portion of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum presented by New York Community Bank, the name of the renovated Coliseum that is planned to open in April.

Mangano said MSK plans to employ at the center around 250 clinical and administrative positions with an average annual salary and benefits package totaling $150,000.

“Memorial Sloan Kettering will build an important care center at Nassau’s Hub for those fighting cancer,” Mangano stated. “This outpatient treatment facility will offer critical cancer care to patients without the wear and tear of traveling to Manhattan. This is great news for residents diagnosed with cancer and for those seeking employment in the health care industry.”

MSK’s plans include building a two-story, 114,000-square-foot facility, which may be later expanded to around 140,000 square feet of building floor area. There are also plans to build an adjacent 450-space parking garage. The adjacent parking garage will be accessible to Coliseum and plaza visitors at night and on weekends for events.

Comprehensive adult oncology services will include surgical, medical, and radiation oncology consultations, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, access to MSK clinical trials, and other specialized services such as genetic counseling, pain management support, lymphedema therapy, survivorship services, social work, and nutrition counseling.

MSK is required to pay prevailing wage rates or enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLA) with the labor organizations hired to construct the facility, according to Nassau officials. To protect the intent of the project, the agreement includes a use covenant and ensures the property reverts back to Nassau under certain specific conditions, if the project fails to be used for healthcare-related purposes.

Nassau officials said the renovated Coliseum is scheduled to open on April 5 with a Billy Joel concert. Nassau Events Center (NEC) is investing $260 million in the arena and constructing an entertainment complex surrounding the facility. Nassau taxpayers will receive 8 percent of the gross revenue, or $4 million annually, whichever is greater.