Oregon Health & Science University

Greater convenience for oncology patients

The new 15-story Center for Health & Healing Building 2 that opens this Spring will serve many purposes. The Knight Cancer Institute will inhabit the upper six floors where oncology clinics, infusion services and selective clinical trials will provide groundbreaking treatment in both infusion and oral medication.

“Our first priority is always our patients,” said Kevin G. Billingsley, M.D., the medical director of Knight Cancer Institute. “At Center for Health & Healing Building 2, we will provide the most up-to-date procedures, treatments and trials in a setting that’s built around the people we care for — all in an effort to help them recover faster and get home more quickly.”

OHSU involved oncology patients and families during planning and design. Some sat on an advisory council to help envision clinical spaces for delivering precision medicine in a patient-centered care environment. These volunteers contributed ideas to the functional flow and interior finishes. One patient, Rhoni Wiswall of Portland, was a powerful advocate even though she had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Wiswall’s personal story about learning her diagnosis shortly after surgery emphasized the need for private, quiet postoperative rooms for patients in the new center. Wiswall attended the City of Portland Design Commission hearing on behalf of OHSU and successfully advocated for aspects of the building that would benefit patients but didn’t fully meet the city’s aesthetic regulations, such as a street side drop-off protected from weather. Wiswall has since died, but her influence will be appreciated by future oncology patients.

The additional space allows Knight Cancer Institute to consolidate and modernize services to benefit patients. For example, the Knight Cancer Institute Women’s clinic on the 9th floor will provide mammography and ultrasound diagnostics in a spa-like atmosphere. The 10th floor will provide a patient resource center (with support from the American Cancer Society) where patients can obtain additional information about their diagnosis, try on wigs, or learn about support classes like meditation and yoga. Staff also have collaborative areas to ensure that providers across OHSU have a shared space to communicate ideas and advance patient care.

A skybridge connects the new building to Center for Health & Healing Building 1. In addition to the floors reserved for Knight Cancer Institute, the new building will provide surgical suites for ambulatory care procedures, lab services, pharmacy and additional clinical space for other medical disciplines. The reception area will have a centralized check-in desk to optimize patient flow. We’ve added 680 parking spaces below the new Rood Family Pavilion to accommodate visitors. After two years of construction, the center will open for surgical procedures in the Spring of 2019.

Changing the landscape of cancer care in Oregon

In addition to the Center for Health & Healing Building 2, OHSU recently opened two additional infrastructure assets at the South Waterfront campus to proactively change cancer care by offering dedicated research facilities and an improved patient/family experience.

Knight Cancer Research Building

Detecting and stopping lethal cancers at the earliest stage is the mission of the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research center, housed in the Knight Cancer Research Building that OHSU opened last fall. This state-of-the-art research facility brings together researchers from different scientific disciplines under one roof. Researchers will also investigate computational biology, population health, precision medicine and related fields. This facility will be a resource for Oregonians and people across the country as we strive to defeat cancer.

Rood Family Pavilion

Nearly half of OHSU’s adult and pediatric patients live in rural Oregon or neighboring states. Finding temporary housing in Portland can be challenging and costly when they need to travel to OHSU for complex treatments.

This new guesthouse, which opened last month for pediatric patients and families, will help meet a sizable demand for comfortable, affordable housing convenient to OHSU. Rood Pavilion has 76 rooms and communal living spaces for guests, as well as conference facilities and urgent care. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington furnished, equipped and provided programming for the pediatric portion of the guesthouse, and contracts with OHSU to operate the entire facility.

Learn more

To learn more, go to www.ohsu.edu/sowa

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