New Cancer Facility Designed for Collaboration, Improved Patient Outcomes
“The new cancer building creates a seamless, personalized experience for patients,”
- Brian J. Bolwell, MD, FACP, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute.
When you visit Taussig Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic’s new $276 million, 377,000-square-foot home for cancer care, some of its features are immediately apparent: expansive, welcoming spaces, the abundance of natural light, and the combination of clinical care and support services.
A deeper look reveals a facility designed expressly to improve patient outcomes through a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. The new multidisciplinary cancer building, with 126 exam rooms and 98 treatment rooms, aims to incorporate all services under one roof.
By The Numbers
- 126 exam rooms and 98 treatment rooms
- 30,000 square feet of interior glass
- 75,000 cubic yards of soil excavated
- 3,000 tons of steel
- 26,400 cubic yards of concrete
- 93 percent of materials recycled to date
- 700,000 man hours (equal to one worker for 336 years)
Care & Research
Coordinating Care, Expanding Clinical and Research Space
Multidisciplinary work has existed for years, but organizing multidisciplinary groups by disease — teams focused around breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and other specific cancer types — will receive new emphasis in the cancer facility. Each disease group will have its own dedicated clinical practice area on a floor of the new facility. Likewise, each practice area will have space for subspecialized nurses, social workers and other key team members, plus exam and procedure rooms.
By uniting all of our treatment disciplines – surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, genetics, nutrition, social work and imaging – it will provide great benefits for patients, families and clinicians.
Other features of the new building include:
- Space for genetics and genomics
- A centralized home for existing high-level treatment technology, including six linear accelerators and a Gamma Knife® suite.
- A dedicated space for infusion for phase 1 Clinical trials
- On-site diagnostic imaging
- A large laboratory to help alleviate waits for blood-testing, and
- An outpatient pharmacy
“The building will be bright, spacious and serene. It will raise the treatment of cancer to a new level of comfort and convenience, providing the most effective care in the most productive surroundings. It will set a new national standard for outpatient cancer treatment in the 21st century.”
Toby Cosgrove, MD, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic’s new cancer care building, opening in 2017, is designed for easy access to the array of patient support services intended to reduce cancer’s psychological stress. Those services will occupy most of the first floor of the $276 million, 377,000-square-foot outpatient tower currently under construction.
The open-plan first level — suffused with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows — will contain a retail store stocked with items to meet cancer patients’ needs, and a cafeteria with food offerings to accommodate special dietary needs and medical conditions.
The first floor will also be home to:
- A resource center where patients and families can access printed and online cancer information.
- Art and music therapy spaces.
- A boutique where patients with chemotherapy-associated hair loss can receive free wigs, caps and scarves.
- A wellness center for reiki, reflexology, guided imagery, facials and other aesthetic services.
- A private prosthetics fitting area.
- The 4th Angel Mentoring Program, an initiative begun by figure skating champion and Cleveland Clinic cancer patient Scott Hamilton to provide patients with free, confidential, one-on-one advice and support from a trained volunteer and cancer survivor.
- A spiritual area where patients and families can go for prayer or meditation.
About Cancer Care
Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute, part of the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, is ranked no. 8 in the U.S. and best in Ohio for Cancer care according to U.S. News and World Report.