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ProHealth Care Cancer Center will transform the patient experience

| . DOTmed::Language=HASH(0x5556ac34ddd8)->translator()->translate(text=>'An Interview with') .qq| Michael Johns of DOTmed.com, Inc. | May 29, 2013

The project recognizes the rapid changes that have occurred in cancer care. Cancer treatment once was provided largely on hospital campuses, but now most treatment does not require hospital care. National data show that a typical cancer patient will have about 120 outpatient medical encounters for every one inpatient stay.

All of the services at the new cancer center, from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship, will have the same goal – helping patients and their families live well after a cancer diagnosis. ProHealth will continue to enhance its multi-disciplinary approach, meaning that patients benefit from the skills of a variety of experts and that all aspects of a patient’s care are carefully coordinated. An oncology nurse navigator will be assigned to each patient at the new cancer center to ensure that patients understand their care options and treatment plans and can easily make their way through the health care system.

The design of the new cancer center will create warm and inviting environments that promote comfort and ease stress. The design will make maximum use of daylight and will capitalize on the natural features of the site, which includes a pond and views of a prairie area.

The new cancer center is being designed by Cannon Design, an architectural, engineering and interior design firm with 17 offices around the world. Cannon specializes in health care and has extensive experience designing cancer centers. Its clients include premier organizations like Mayo Clinic, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Cannon architects bring to their work years of research focusing on the relationship among patients, families and staff and their physical environments.

The new ProHealth building is expected to encompass about 116,000 square feet. Construction and equipment costs are expected to total about $70 million. The ProHealth Care Foundation will be seeking community support to help cover part of the cost of the project.

The cancer center will incorporate a full complement of advanced diagnostic imaging technology. The diagnostics area will have a separate entrance so that it can be used not only by cancer patients but also by other ProHealth patients who need imaging services. The diagnostics area will include ProHealth’s Center for Breast Care.

ProHealth expects to begin construction this fall and open the new cancer center in January 2015.

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