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Design with the Patient in Mind
SEATTLE, Wash. — March 16, 2005 — Virginia Mason will unveil a new, state-of-the art cancer institute, called the Floyd and Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason, that is designed completely around the patient experience. This facility represents a new direction in cancer care delivery because all services have been designed to bring the highest level of service to the patient in one setting. Designed with input from patients for patients, the new center offers a comprehensive approach to care that is unique to the field. The cancer institute will officially open on March 22.

“This new Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason is the most exciting undertaking of my career. I believe patients will experience an improved sense of well being, and will receive care in a space that was designed to recognize the humanity of our patients. All services will flow to the patient resulting in minimal wait times, and a seamless delivery of care. There are no other facilities quite like this one in the field,” said Andrew D. Jacobs, MD, chief of cancer services at Virginia Mason.

The cancer institute’s treatment space is a radical departure from a traditional care delivery model. This unique center offers a healing environment for cancer patients from the discovery of their diagnosis through their recovery. A conventional approach to cancer care for patients usually requires a patient to travel to many different locations within a medical center. This institute condenses a range of care from hematology and oncology services, to leading-edge clinical trials, infusion rooms, on-site pharmacy, social workers and support groups, consultation rooms, lab services and more — in one central location.

The design elements underscore this caring approach and utilize natural materials — such as wood, water and stone — to create a healing atmosphere inspiring hope and optimism. The theme ‘A Garden of Life’ was created to tie nature and its healing properties to the features found in the architecture. A vertical sheet of water quietly greets visitors at the entrance. A feeling of lightness, space and airiness is created through an open floor plan. Patient rooms have glass doors to retain the sense of connectedness to the central space.

“Creating a space that feels like home, that offers all the comfort and calm one feels there was an idea that came from our patients. Meeting their needs on every level is our primary focus,” continued Dr. Jacobs. The Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason is named in honor of Floyd and Delores Jones, longstanding community philanthropists who made an instrumental donation to help complete construction of the facility. The family strongly supports advancing cancer services and therapies for patients.

A reception is planned along with tours of the facility on Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. A number of speakers will mark the occasion including Dr. Jacobs and Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason. Floyd and Delores Jones will be honored.

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