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Texas exec to head new cancer center

Ray Lynch has been named executive director of the Huntsman Cancer Research Hospital, now under construction next to the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.

Lynch is vice president and chief operating officer of clinical operations for the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio, a National Cancer Institute-designated research and treatment facility that employs more than 400 people. During Lynch's 13-year tenure there, he also served as chief financial officer and oversaw major construction of clinical and administration facilities. He received a degree as a certified public accountant from the University of Texas and a master of business administration degree from Baylor University.

He begins work at HCI on March 12, to oversee programmatic planning and physician recruitment for the new hospital. The 50-bed facility, scheduled to open in mid-2004, will house all cancer services for University Hospital, including operating rooms, radiation therapy facilities, pharmacy, endoscopy and colonoscopy labs.

Ben Tanner, director of clinical operations at the institute, will become an associate administrator of operations beginning immediately. He will continue to oversee construction of the new hospital, as well as manage all operational planning. He has been with the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics system for 14 years. He is the current director of the oncological service line for U. Hospital and HCI.