- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

GREER, S.C. (AP) - Officials with the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System say a new $65 million cancer research and treatment center will open near Greer in about two years.

Multiple media outlets reported that officials gathered Tuesday for the groundbreaking of new Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute facility.

Officials say the center will be accessible to five million people within a 100-mile radius.

David Church with Spartanburg Medical Center says the center will serve generations with cancer research.

The Gibbs Center’s director Dr. Timothy Yeatman says the center will focus on the needs of the patient and family. Yeatman says he expects the center will attract the best doctors and scientists.

Dr. James Bearden says he thinks it will be the best cancer center in the Southeast. It’s scheduled to open in mid-2018.

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