HealthONE - January 18, 2022

cancer pavilion rendering

Why are care coordination and cohesion important to successful cancer treatment?

Learn how these concepts are the impetus of the new cancer pavilion at Swedish Medical Center.

Six harmless letters, when strung together, can completely upend a person’s life. If you or a loved one has ever heard the word “cancer” in the context of a diagnosis, you understand the life-changing impact this word can have. The team at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center has focused on several other words they believe are instrumental in helping patients fight the “c” word. The six “c” words include coordinated, cohesive, consistent, complete, comprehensive, cutting-edge. These words are the foundation of the strategy behind creating a new cancer pavilion at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center.

A full spectrum of cancer care, together under one roof

The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center has been providing a full spectrum of cancer care for decades. The robust program includes specialized treatment for brain tumors, brain metastases, breast cancer, complex gastroenterological cancers, gynecological cancer, head and neck tumors, lung cancer, melanoma and skin cancer. For many years now, patients have trusted Swedish as a place they can rely on for high quality, advanced cancer care.

Recently, the hospital began work to connect two of its East Hampden Avenue medical office buildings, filling them exclusively with oncology providers and support services. The 701 and 799 buildings will be dedicated and redesigned as the cancer pavilion, while the 601 and 499 buildings will accommodate the hospital’s non-oncology providers. The cancer pavilion also will be renovated with a grand entryway, redesigned landscaping/outdoor spaces, as well as space for patient wellness. By bringing all specialists together under one roof, the program provides patients with greater care coordination, greater ease of access and greater collaboration—all to the benefit of enhancing and perfecting cancer treatment.

Join us for a livestream groundbreaking event on Wednesday, January 26 at noon MST at HealthONEcares.com/SwedishCancerPavilion.

Promoting collaboration among top multidisciplinary experts

The cancer pavilion places all the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center together in one physical location. It will house oncology physician offices, comprehensive patient support services, expanded cancer patient resources, centralized patient navigation and additional multidisciplinary meeting rooms.

Tumor board has been a hallmark of the program at Swedish for many years. The regularly scheduled meeting allows experts from related disciplines to work together to create a customized treatment plan for each cancer patient. The cancer pavilion will not only provide convenient space for this to continue, but also allow for further teamwork among providers by simply being in close proximity with one another.

Experts in the cancer pavilion will include gastrointestinal endoscopists, gynecologic oncologists, gynecologists, medical oncologists, neuro-oncologists, nurse navigators, plastic surgeons, primary care providers, PT/OT/speech therapists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, registered dietitians, social workers, surgeons and surgical oncologists.

Function, beauty, healing

It’s important not to ignore some of the less clinical aspects of cancer treatment—research has found a number of variables that impact cancer care are found outside the treatments themselves. This is why the team has designed the space with healing in mind believing it not only needs to be functional and easy to access, it also needs to foster healing with its very nature.

The cancer pavilion is being constructed with a soothing, modern aesthetic, specifically designed for healing and tranquility. The space will offer treatment rooms, meeting spaces, a healing garden and other amenities that emphasize beauty and restoration.

In creating the cancer pavilion at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center, the team is making progress in its ongoing commitment to giving patients healthier tomorrows.

Work on the cancer pavilion at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center began in April 2021 and is expected to be completed by October 2022. Join us for a livestream groundbreaking event on Wednesday, January 26 at noon MST.

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