New York City-based Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has announced a $50 million grant from the Robertson Foundation in support of two new initiatives designed to advance cancer research and the quality of care provided at the institution.

Awarded in honor of former Sloan-Kettering board member and foundation co-founder Josie Robertson, who died in 2010, the grant will support construction of a 179,000-square-foot outpatient surgical facility. Scheduled to be completed in 2015, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Josie Robertson Surgery Center will feature twelve new operating rooms providing the latest technology in surgical care on an outpatient basis.

Grant funds also will be used to launch the Josie Robertson Investigators Program at Sloan-Kettering, which will recruit early-career scientists and physicians with some expertise in cancer prevention and treatment to advance emerging concepts in the field. During the first five years of the program, the center will select a total of ten investigators, with each appointment lasting five years.

“We are deeply grateful to the Robertson Foundation and the entire Robertson family,” said Sloan-Kettering president Craig B. Thompson. “By supporting initiatives that focus on high-quality cancer treatment as well as today’s most creative research, the foundation has provided the means to honor Josie Robertson in a way that goes to the heart of this institution’s mission.”

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