Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
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Memorial Sloan-Kettering's proposed cancer center in Westchester County has cleared a key hurdle when the construction committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council approved the plan for the $143 million facility in Harrison on Thursday.
The decision was made despite strong objections of officials from several local hospitals and trade groups.
Sloan Kettering said the new center's patients would largely come from the tens of thousands of Hudson Valley residents who are already traveling to New York City for treatment.
However, competing hospitals said the area has several facilities that are already equipped with multi-million-dollar technology for radiation treatment and the new outpatient center is not needed.
The full public health and health planning committee will take a final vote next month.