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Chula Vista Gets A New Cancer Treatment Center

Evening Edition

Above: There's a new weapon against cancer in the South Bay. Sharp celebrated the grand opening of a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility in Chula Vista today. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg says the three-story center has a lot of distinctive features.

— There's a new weapon against cancer in the South Bay. Sharp is celebrating the grand opening of a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility in Chula Vista. The three-story center has some distinctive features.

Aired 6/14/12 on KPBS News.

A state-of-the-art cancer center is opening in the South Bay.

Renderings of the exterior of the new Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Medical Office Plaza.

Above: Renderings of the exterior of the new Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Medical Office Plaza.

It looks more like an art museum than a medical facility.

The lobby has colorful pictures, a fireplace, and lots of natural light.

The corridors are wide, and filled with paintings.

But make no mistake, this is a cancer center with the latest high-tech equipment.

Yet even the radiation treatment rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with garden views.

Builder Douglas Barnhart is a cancer survivor himself. He said the Chula Vista center was designed from the patient's point of view. He pointed out the entire structure was built to aid in the healing process.

Barnhart donated $1 million to the facility, and Sharp decided to name it after him.

The Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center should be open for business sometime this summer.

Video shot by Kenny Goldberg, edited by Katie Euphrat

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