(Map C, Building 13 [E4])
On April 12, 2008, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin construction of the new Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. The $74 million outpatient facility will rise on the site of the former West Parking Garage. The new Couric Center is named after the late Virginia State Senator Emily Couric, honoring her efforts to acquire new resources for cancer care and research in Virginia. It will bring together multidisciplinary teams of caregivers and researchers and enable them to collaborate in treating patients. Besides offering physician consultations, family and patient counseling, infusion, high-tech radiotherapy and imaging services, the center will give patients access to a greater variety of clinical trials and new drug options. The facility will also house a pharmacy, a women's cancer clinic, an image boutique that will sell wigs, breast prostheses and other items needed by patients, a meditation room, and activity areas.