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The world's oldest and largest private cancer center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, or MSKCC, as it is often called, has devoted more than a century to patient care as well as to innovative research, making significant contributions to new and better therapies for the treatment of cancer.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering was founded in 1884 as the New York Cancer Hospital by a group that included John J. Astor and his wife, Charlotte.
The hospital, originally on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, began its move to its present location on York Avenue in 1936 when John D. Rockefeller, Jr., donated the land upon which, in 1939, Memorial Hospital was built. Between 1970 and 1973, a new Memorial Hospital was constructed, and it is this building that stands on the site of our main campus today.
In the 1940s, two former General Motors executives, Alfred P. Sloan and Charles F. Kettering, joined forces to establish the Sloan-Kettering Institute, or SKI. SKI has since become one of the nation's premier biomedical research institutions. Built adjacent to Memorial Hospital, SKI was formally dedicated in 1948. In 1960, SKI and Memorial Hospital were unified into a single entity, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Today, the Center has more than 11,000 employees including 768 Memorial Hospital attending staff and 140 SKI members. In 2009, more than 23,000 patients were admitted to Memorial Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering accommodated more than 500,000 outpatient visits at its Manhattan and regional sites combined.
In recent years, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has expanded with new construction and renovations designed to meet the growing needs of our patients and our research programs.