Tools such as key rings, purses, wallets and smart phones help us pool our resources into one place so we know they will be there when we need them. Organization can ease our minds as we navigate everyday living — and it's certainly beneficial when trying to take some of the complexity out of outpatient cancer care.
Today's treatment often involves multiple specialists — including medical oncologists, surgeons and psychologists — and treatment plans that include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Scheduled to open in January 2011, the new outpatient cancer center at Rush University Medical Center will place the majority of those services in one location, setting a new standard for patient-centered care.
Capacity to Care
The outpatient cancer center will include space to accommodate all of the Coleman Foundation comprehensive cancer clinics:
- Blood and bone marrow transplant
- Breast cancer
- Brain and spine tumors
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- Head and neck cancers
- Lung cancer
- Melanoma and pigmented lesion
- Multiple myeloma
- Prostate cancer.
Additional space is reserved for the future integration of more cancer clinics, such as gynecologic oncology and endocrine cancer.
Streamlined Care in a Comfortable Setting
The design planning process for the center was guided by those who will benefit most from its construction: patients and caregivers. The input of advisory groups comprising clinicians, patient advocates and patients themselves ensures the center's form will fit its function. Distinct neighborhoods in the center will each utilize furniture, fabrics, wall colors and layouts specifically designed to address the needs of patients with various types of cancer or in various stages of care.
"The overall goal of our program is to make life easier for patients while facilitating collaboration among their medical team so we can provide optimal care," says Philip Bonomi, MD, a medical oncologist and lung cancer specialist at Rush.
Highlights of the new center include the following:
- An expanded chemotherapy infusion center, including private and semi-private treatment areas
- Patient and procedure rooms equipped with advanced technology, enabling patients and caregivers to review electronic records and diagnostic tests
- Integrative therapies such as psychosocial counseling, massage therapy and acupuncture
- A welcoming patient and family reception area, and a patient resource center with Internet access
- Conference rooms for consultation with patients and families
- A streamlined check-in process to minimize patient wait time
"We’re creating an environment that eases stress and promotes healing," says Will Cortes, the center's coordinator. "The center will offer more privacy, more space and more comfort, all of which should make treatment that much more successful."
Click here to view artist's renderings of the new outpatient cancer center.
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