Thanks to an expanded and upgraded renovation, St. Luke's will significantly increase its ability to provide specialized care at the new 30,000-square-foot Center for Cancer Care.
The Center expansion will provide separate and distinct areas to meet the needs of all patients throughout each treatment phase. Comfortable waiting areas, more patient exam rooms and upgraded technologies are a few of the enhancements to improve the care for our patients. The entire Center is designed to create an environment where patients feel cared for and comfortable.
Noteworthy design features include:
The new 22-chair Infusion Center, where patients receive intravenous treatments, is an example where high-tech medicine meets personal care in perfect balance. By incorporating large windows, patients and loved ones can view the new Mary Ann Lee Healing Garden and its beautiful trees and landscaping. The design also allows for natural light to fill the infusion stations while offering ample room for family and friends to remain with the patient while they receive treatment.
Two Private Infusion Rooms
For those cancer patients and families needing more privacy, two private rooms highlight the standard of care in the new Infusion Center. The spacious rooms are equipped with the latest medical technologies and feature soothing wall colors and window treatments. Beds come equipped with personal TV/DVD players for private viewing, making this addition one of the most comfortable options for those receiving care.
Infusion Waiting Area
The inviting atmosphere of the Infusion Center continues with an abundance of built-in family space. If a patient is accompanied by a family member or friend, that person will find comfort in the new Infusion Waiting Area. There is cozy seating strategically placed throughout with access to several convenient amenities including flat screen televisions and refreshments.
The new Lab in the Center for Cancer Care will provide vital information to determine the nature of our patient's health and recommended care. Our board-certified pathologists and certified medical technologists provide accurate and precise information to ensure timely information and communication to facilitate care.
Renovated Radiation Oncology Department
The newly-renovated radiation oncology department will be one example of our dedication to our patients in providing high quality healthcare. We have improved our ability to deliver it in an environment that is comfortable and comforting, safe and efficient and truly designed to put the patient at the center of this team. Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), the Trilogy System, prostate seed brachytherapy and MammoSite breast brachytherapy are just a few of the treatments available.
Mary Ann Lee Healing Garden
Mary Ann Lee was inspired to create a place of peace and serenity for patients and family members at St. Luke's. Although work is still in progress, once complete, the garden will include many amenities such as sculptures, flowering trees, fountains, pergolas and benches among others.
Patient Registration/Waiting Area
The new patient registration and waiting area is immediately accessible as patients and their families enter the Center for Cancer Care. The main reception sets the tone for a warm and welcoming visit and features a larger area with more seating and registration separate from inpatient care, diagnostics and testing.
Family Conference Room
The Family Conference Room is specially-designed to accommodate the needs of family members while their loved ones are receiving care. Planned with input from hospital staff, patients and their families, the Family Conference Room's warm, comforting and inviting atmosphere will provide our guests some of the familiar comforts of home.
The new Center for Cancer Care houses 11 new exam rooms and incorporates new features that allow us to serve the special needs of our patients, including computerized viewing of test results. With more room and greater proximity to a full array of ancillary services, these rooms will allow our staff to accommodate additional capacity as the need for our comprehensive cancer services grows.
The new library provides current information on early detection, screenings, diagnosis, treatment, coping techniques, support groups, complementary therapies and hospital/community resources in brochure, booklet and video format. Patients and family members can also access reliable Internet sites on the Center's community computers. Nutritional counseling is also available on a referral basis.
The new Multipurpose Area, suitable to hold as many as 30 people, will have an open floor plan and allow for simultaneous uses, as needed, including support groups, screenings and supportive therapies.
"It has always been our goal to deliver world-class care to our patients," states Albert Van Amburg III, MD. "With these renovations and the continuing clinical excellence we strive for each and every patient, we are building on that commitment."