Cancer Care Center Expansion Project On Schedule
The individual treatment rooms under construction in phase two of the UVMC Cancer Care Center expansion project have been designed with each patient’s needs in mind.
Cancer Care Center staff members were involved in the design to ensure that the rooms accommodate today’s patient and offer an assuring environment, said Jean Heath, Cancer Care Center Director.
The expansion project’s second phase involves construction off the UVMC main level. A new Cancer Care Center entrance will take clients and their families into a new waiting room, hospitality area and library. A kiosk planned for the library will allow patients and families to look up disease specific information, if desired.
The new area also will include a multi-purpose therapy room, a consultation room and the 10 individual infusion rooms with floor to ceiling glass overlooking a healing garden.
“We’ve tried to think of the full aspect of treatment and planning, with the patient in mind. I am very, very excited about the individual rooms for patients,” Heath said.
Each room was designed with a goal of allowing the patient individual space, she said. The rooms feature a TV, heated massage chair, controlled lighting so if the patients wants lights dim or up for reading and a controller to adjust blinds for additional light control in the room.
“I have really enjoyed working with staff that will be working there. Staff has helped in design and functionality of the facility looking at what is it that is going to help the patients feel more relaxed and have an environment that is warm and inviting,” Heath said.
The expansion’s first phase involved remodeling the center’s lower level home to accommodate a second linear accelerator for cancer radiation therapy treatments. That area was unveiled last spring.
The center is seeing 35 to 40 patients a day on the new accelerator and the new area “is working out well,” Heath said.
Both areas have been created to reflect a natural environment theme with looks of wood and bamboo.
Heath said construction has gone smoothly and is on schedule. A grand opening is being planned for late spring.