renovation and expansion of the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center, the hub of the UC Cancer Institute, is not just the
vision of one person.
Rosemary Keiser, vice president of ambulatory service for UC Health, has the
signatures to prove it.
had all of the physician leaders involved in the planning of the third floor addition
and renovation sign the bottom of the blueprint,” she says, adding that she
treasures the framed design with the signatures of Eric Eisenhauer, MD; Mary
Mahoney, MD; Arthur Evans, MD; Elyse Lower, MD; and William Barrett, MD. "We
discussed each of their wants and needs to make sure that the space would be
exactly what was necessary for the best patient experience. Those signatures
show the true team effort that went into making this project a reality.”
construction of the third floor of the Barrett is on track to be completed by
March 2015 and will focus on women’s cancer care.
floor will be equipped with a waiting room which will also be used for
educational initiatives, four mammography suites, three ultrasound suites, 18
exam and 18 infusion rooms, a procedure room and a large work area for
physicians and staff strategically placed in the middle to promote
communication between specialists and other care providers.
really put emphasis on communication and interdisciplinary care,” Keiser says.
"We want our patients’ visits to be seamless, eliminating the need for them to wayfind
to the various buildings and clinics on the medical campus.
everything they need in one place with their entire care team visible and
says the customized patient care will begin when patients enter the building
from the second floor where the elevators will take them directly to their care
needs will all be housed in one place,” she says. "They will also have access
to clinical trial coordinators, social workers, nutritionists and oncology
nurse specialists in addition to providers for the most cutting-edge care.”
adds that while the expertise has always existed at UC Health, this project is
making the building match the ability.
Barrett Cancer Center is special because of the care delivered to patients and
their families,” she says. "Now, the renovation will provide a more comfortable,
convenient space for those coming to us. This is our chance to literally show
patients and their loved ones how much we care about them.”
*This story was featured in the November 2014 issue of Connected.