Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville, Celebrates Grand Opening of THE PLAYERS Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. June 20, 2023 – Highlighted by a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville, opened a new state-of-the-art facility named THE PLAYERS Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The center opens to patients on June 26 and offers a fully integrated approach to hematology/oncology treatment with the ability to provide multiple services in one location, offering a better experience for patients and families.

The new center is part of the Nemours Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (NCCBD), the most extensive pediatric cancer program in the state with treatment centers in Northeast and Central Florida. In addition, the center includes the only pediatric sickle cell program in the city and one of the largest in the state.

“THE PLAYERS Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will offer the full spectrum of cancer and blood disorder care delivery,” said Dr. Michael Erhard, North Florida President, Nemours Children’s Health. “This is a landmark moment for cancer and blood disorder care in Northeast Florida. We are proud and honored to serve the needs of the community in an expert and compassionate fashion in this facility.

Tuesday’s event was the culmination of a more than $11 million capital campaign begun in 2019 for the center’s complete redesign, expansion and renovation. THE PLAYERS Championship made the lead gift to the campaign donating $2 million in October 2022.

"Here at THE PLAYERS, we believe in the power of helping others, transforming lives and strengthening our community, and we are so excited that this center will provide Northeast Florida families and children with the resources that they deserve,” said Lee Smith, Executive Director, THE PLAYERS Championship.

THE PLAYERS Championship is set to return to TPC Sawgrass, March 12-17, 2024, as the strongest field in golf competes for the richest purse on the PGA TOUR.

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