Two of Norway’s leading businessmen, both of them cancer survivors, are moving forward with plans to help build a new clinic where cancer patients can receive treatments at the national cancer hospital Radiumhospitalet. If all goes as planned, the clinic may open as early as 2018.
Øyvind Eriksen, longtime chief executive at industrial firm Aker and a close associate of industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke, and hotel developer Arthur Buchardt have offered to finance the clinic on the hospital grounds in west Oslo’s Ullern district. They presented plans this week to Health Minister Bent Høie and the hospital’s board, which must approve them, reports Dagens Medisin.
The new clinic would be around 30,000 square meters in size and be located between the building for admitted patients and the hospital’s research building. The plans have been drawn in cooperation with the hospital’s support group, Friends of Radiumhospitalet.
The hospital’s managing director Bjørn Erikstein called the plans “exciting.” The clinic is expected to cost around NOK 1.2 billion (USD 146 million).