More than 200 people celebrated the new cancer center groundbreaking on Jan. 17, 2013. Community members, donors, cancer survivors, staff, physicians and city officials wereamong those in attendance. To see a photo gallery of the events, click on the slideshow above or click here.
By the facts:
Size:30,000 square feet.
Donations from the community: To date, more than 3,500 community members have contributed over $3 million (cash received and donations pledged) to the project.
University of Colorado Health broke ground Jan. 17 on a comprehensive and integrated cancer center in Fort Collins. It was designed to provide patients in our community with one-door access to cancer treatment, research, support and survivorship services.
The 2-story center center will be located on UCHealth’s Harmony Campus in the city’s southeastern area. The outpatient facility will be about 30,000 square feet is currently estimated at $11 million and is expected to be completed in 2014.
Community members touched by cancer were asked how to improve cancer care. Their feedback shaped the vision for the new cancer center.
The consensus was that patients want care close to home, so they don’t have to leave their community. They prefer to have treatment, care and support at one location rather than multiple sites. A cancer patient often has 100 appointments in the first year after diagnosis, adding physical, emotional and financial stress to an already challenging journey.
To answer this challenge, PVH, part of UCHealth, and the Foundation developed plans to deliver one-door access so patients will get virtually all of their treatment and care under the same roof.
“Our goal with the center is to provide a better cancer-care experience that meets the needs of patients in one location,” said Unger. “We will have everything centralized, from diagnostic services to treatment and care to survivorship.”
The patient-centric design fosters multidisciplinary care. In this new center, patients will often see multiple specialists in one visit, in one room. These seamless connections will promote personalized treatment strategies managed by a single point of contact from diagnosis to survivorship.
How the cancer center will look on Harmony Campus. The existing Ambulatory Care Center is to the right.
The center will provide access to:
Complementary therapies such as massage and healing touch.
Counseling/oncology social work.
UCHealth, a partnership of Poudre Valley Health System and University of Colorado Hospital, enhances services to cancer patients by strengthening the ongoing partnership between community and academic physicians. Specifically, the affiliation will expand research access for patients, building on over a decade of partnership with University of Colorado Cancer Center, Colorado's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.
In the new Fort Collins-based center, already well-developed programs will better deliver patient navigation, oncology counseling, and research services to patients. Patients undergoing treatment will choose to socialize with peers, have private family time, or enjoy fresh air and mountain views on the second floor balconies.
“When I can see my patients in one environment dedicated to connecting all the experts involved in their cancer care, I know my patients will have a better experience overall,” said Dr. Miho Scott, a Cancer Center of the Rockies oncologist.
The cancer center is part of UCHealth’s expansion of inpatient and outpatient cancer treatment and support services in northern Colorado. Inpatient cancer treatment was added at the Medical Center of the Rockies in 2010. Inpatient cancer care was previously provided only at PVH in Fort Collins. The UCHealth cancer program also extended its medical oncology and outpatient infusion clinics to Greeley and Loveland, in addition to its existing Fort Collins medical oncology and radiation oncology services.
Our vision doesn’t stop here. With support from our community, the cancer center will foster continuous improvement in patient care, experience and outcomes. To date, more than 3,500 members of the community have contributed more than $3 million to the project.
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