Updated: Monday, 28 Jan 2013, 4:40 PM EST
Published : Monday, 28 Jan 2013, 4:40 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) - The NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital will be getting a new bone marrow transplant unit.
Construction on the 9,400-square-foot Irving Bone Marrow Transplant Union is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.
The center is made possible by a $20 million gift from philanthropists Herbert and Florence Irving.
It will provide life-saving therapy for patients with blood cancers. They include leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other autoimmune diseases.
Another $40 million grant from the longtime supporters was announced in June. It helped recruit five new clinician-scientists in leukemia to the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center.
The five specialists joined the faculty this month.