For Jack Morris and his wife, Sheryl Morris, making the investment that will help RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey build a world-class, free-standing cancer facility in the heart of New Brunswick was an easy decision to make.
“There is nothing that feels better or more gratifying than helping others in need,” Morris said. “Cancer touches the lives of everyone — and we believe that people should not have to travel to New York or Pennsylvania to get great cancer care.
“It has been our vision, our hope and our dream to have the top cancer center in the nation right here in New Brunswick. Sheryl and I are so proud that we can play a role in helping to make this dream a reality.”
The Jack & Sheryl Morris Cancer Center, a 12-story, 510,000-square-foot facility that represents a major expansion of the Rutgers Cancer Institute, had its ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday.
The $750 million facility, which is being developed in partnership with the New Brunswick Development Corp., is expected to be completed in 2024.
When it opens, it will have far-reaching impact, the numerous dignitaries at the event said.
For starters, it will allow cancer patients to get world-class treatment in one place.
So said Dr. Steven Libutti, the director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute and a senior vice president of oncology services at RWJBarnabas Health. He couldn’t speak enough of the possibilities.