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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital planning its biggest expansion ever

Administrators of the Memphis, Tennessee, hospital say the project is the largest in its nearly 60-year history.

The Marlo Thomas Center For Global Education & Collaboration, part of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The hospital, which doesn’t bill the families it serves, is planning a major expansion.
The Marlo Thomas Center For Global Education & Collaboration, part of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The hospital, which doesn’t bill the families it serves, is planning a major expansion.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will invest $11.5 billion over six years in an expansion that’s to include construction of an outpatient clinic and housing for the families of its young patients as well as more cancer research.

Administrators of the Memphis, Tennessee, hospital said the expansion is the largest in its nearly 60-year history, with most of the money to come from donors.

The expansion builds on a previous, six-year, $7 billion project that resulted in an increase in new cancer patients and faculty and a new advanced research center.

St. Jude is a leading researcher of cancer and other life-threatening diseases that affect children. Families of patients never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

St. Jude plans to increase its focus on studying why children’s cancers arise, spread and resist treatment.