FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The highly-anticipated Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center broke ground Tuesday in Florham Park at 140 Park Avenue. In attendance were NJ Governor Chris Christie, Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor, Commissioner of the NJ Department of Health Cathleen Bennett, Rockefeller Group SVP and Regional Development Officer Clark Machemer, and Summit Medical Group President and CEO Jeff LeBenger, MD, among other notables.

The Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center facility is a result of a unique partnership between MD Anderson and a physician-owned-and-governed multi-specialty group. This new entity will provide fully integrated, multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care for patients in New Jersey through the provision of medical oncology, infusion and diagnostic imaging, and provide a new level of expertise and collaboration.

Recently named the number one place to live in New Jersey by NJ Monthly Magazine, Florham Park has been rapidly expanding its business community and continues to attract notable companies and property development. As Mayor Taylor said, “The lifeblood of our town is commerce and it is the job of all elected officials to help foster new ideas, change the economy, and think outside the box in many occasions.”

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Mayor Taylor acknowledged the hard work completed by Florham Park’s Planning Board and Council to see this massive project through the approval stages.

"I have witnessed the birth of the entire GREEN here in Florham Park.  Starting with the Jets, moving to the BASF building, now the groundbreaking of this state of the art medical center.  Look how far we have come as a community!  We are delighted to be amongst the few towns in Morris County to see this type of growth." said Taylor.

Florham Park’s growth has not gone unnoticed by Governor Christie who emphasized the “great job the community is doing” and underscored that Florham Park is a wonderful place to raise a family and run a business.

The creation a state-of-the-art, 130,000-square-foot medical center focused on cutting-edge cancer services will make a difference to not only the families of Florham Park and surrounding communities but to the state as a whole.

Christie noted that 50,000 New Jersey residents will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone.

"For all of those folks, the idea now that anywhere you live in New Jersey, you are going to have the opportunity to avail yourself of the most cutting-edge, most modern, most effective cancer care known in the world has got to be a great relief from the stress and the tension that those people feel when they get that diagnosis," Christie said. 

Mayor Taylor closed his remarks saying, "Thank you to the Rockefeller Group, thank you to all of the guests here today in Florham Park who are witnessing the groundbreaking of the growth in Morris County, and to MD Anderson and Summit Medical Group for taking our town to a new level. With this facility, when it is up and running, we will serve many people in this community and many others. We are truly blessed."