The new Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., consolidates outpatient cancer services into a single location and is located within walking distance of the main hospital facility. The Center is comprised of three new design/build projects: a $65-million, 87,000-sf cancer center; a $34.5-million, 131,000-sf medical office building (MOB); and a six-and-one-half level, 1,083-car parking structure.
Designed with a multidisciplinary approach, representatives from each site-specific type of cancer collaborated on the vision of a single location for treatment of a full range of cancers. The project team utilized design/build delivery and the latest innovations in BIM (Building Information Modeling) to plan for and coordinate the complex mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design on the Cancer Center and the structural steel system on the MOB.
The three-level structure, with two levels above grade and one below, features a structural-steel moment frame and an exterior skin composed primarily of glass curtainwall. The Cancer Center houses imaging services, advanced radiation oncology services, an infusion center, an education center and resource center/library, a science gallery, a multidisciplinary center, an infusion pharmacy, a clinical laboratory, administration, clinical trials, cancer genetic consultation services, a comprehensive breast center, and cancer registry services. The Center also includes hospitality amenities such as a reflections room, an appearance center, a café, a flexible conference space, and valet parking.
The main entry features a striking cantilevered aluminum and glass canopy that embraces the circular drop-off area and provides shelter to the Cancer Center’s main lobby and ambulance entries. The main lobby contains the facilities reception and information area. The suspended wood ceiling design is repeated throughout the building and serves as a wayfinding guide to areas such as the nurses’ stations, reception areas, and elevator lobbies. Visitors will access the seven-level medical office building through the shared entrance lobby.
The Cancer Center’s second floor incorporates several patient generated design suggestions regarding the 55 therapy bays for infusion, chemotherapy, and apheresis treatments. Most bays have exterior views and each includes a chair for a visitor. Privacy is achieved with the use of specially-designed shoji screens.
The new Center allows St. Joseph Hospital to be the first hospital in Southern California to have a Mobetron unit: a mobile radiation machine that can be brought into an operating room suite to deliver superficial radiation beams to a wide variety of tumors or tumor beds while a patient is still in surgery and the affected area is exposed. The Mobetron can produce a high-level single dose of radiation while allowing effective shielding of normal tissue. A full-service radiation oncology program for adults and pediatrics includes intensity modulated radiotherapy, image-guided radiation therapy, and brachytherapy.
The Cancer Cancer has earned St. Joseph Hospital the designation as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center Program (NCCCP). NCCCP is part of NCI’s three-year plan to link selected community hospitals into a comprehensive center grid. The program focuses on six areas of care: clinical trials, biospecimen repository, information technology, disparities, survivorship and palliative care, and quality of care. Only 10 organizations and 16 sites were chosen to be in the program, and only one of those 16 is on the West Coast.
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