(Cleveland) - Cleveland Clinic announced plans today to build a new $276-million multidisciplinary cancer building that will unite all treatment care teams, organized by disease group, on its main campus in one central facility and accelerate one of the most robust cancer research enterprises in the country.
Groundbreaking for the Cleveland Clinic cancer building is slated for Sept. 29, 2014, with completion projected in early 2017.
The 377,000-square-foot facility will house all outpatient cancer care at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.
Administrators said, the building has been designed to optimize patient experience and physician collaboration, with clinical space focused on multidisciplinary care and conveniently accessible expanded support services for patients and families.
“The new Cleveland Clinic cancer building will allow us to centralize the cancer care we provide, creating a seamless, personalized experience for patients from throughout the region, nation and world who turn to Cleveland Clinic in their time of need,” said Brian J. Bolwell, M.D., Chairman, Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute.
Dr. Bolwell told Newsradio WTAM 1100, “Whether treated at our main campus or at one of our centers throughout the region, patients will benefit from this more integrated, collaborative approach, which is essential in making progress against cancer.”
Bolwell said, innovative clinical research to develop new cancer drugs and therapies for patients will remain an integral component of the comprehensive cancer center.
The new building will have designated space for expanded Phase I clinical trials, academics and research.
The new seven-story facility, which will be located north of Carnegie Avenue between East 102nd and East 105th Streets (adjacent to the Crile building), is part of Cleveland Clinic’s master plan which aims to build a more open and welcoming campus for patients and visitors, as well as stronger collaboration among staff.
Bolwell explained, the new space will accommodate future growth with an emphasis on features specifically for patients, including: Maximum use of natural light and outdoor courtyard views to comfort and calm patients receiving treatment.
There will be an additional 19 exam rooms for a total of 126, plus an added 17 private and semi-private chemo infusion rooms for a total of 98.
The building will house expanded patient services in a central location, including healing and support services, genetic counseling, social workers, wig boutique, art therapy and complimentary massages, pedicures/manicures, prosthetics services and make-up application.
There will be a spiritual support center, Leading-edge technology and equipment to fight and treat cancer, including Gamma Knife, six Linear Accelerators for radiation treatment with the latest imaging services including an MRI.
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