In the past decade, a conscious effort has been made by the city of Phoenix to become a destination for cancer care.
Having strategies to previous successful cities such as Atlanta and Nashville, Phoenix is specializing in what the International Business Times calls “one or two advanced, high-tech industries to attract companies, create resilient jobs and perhaps even contribute something greater to humankind.”
That specific industry has been cancer care for Maricopa County. The Mayo Clinic in northern Phoenix has a $400 million proton-beam therapy unit and have also teamed up with Arizona State University to create the Mayo Medical School.
There’s also the contributions of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which has become the hub of the “pediatric component” of billionaire oncologist Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Cancer MoonShot 2020 initiative.
“There’s going to be medical tourism from around the world to Phoenix,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton predicted in an interview with International Business Times. The number of visitors would increase “exponentially,” drawn to Phoenix by cutting-edge technology, like the Mayo Clinic’s proton-beam unit, and newer institutes like the University Of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital. “We’re building an international reputation as a place of excellence for cancer care,” Stanton said.
To match the growing population, Phoenix hopes to emulate what cities like Boston and San Francisco have done by becoming stronger in a single industry.