– Lancaster, PA
(May 2013) – In planning the new Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, Lancaster General Health leaders reached out to patients, cancer survivors and community members to listen to what mattered most to them when it came to caring for cancer patients and their families.
When the Cancer Institute opens July 8 at the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2012 Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster, patients and visitors will experience what those community voices built – a center of healing with the patient surrounded by a team of specialists and existing services, such as the Suzanne H. Arnold Center for Breast Health, nearby under the same roof.
The two-story, 90,000 square-foot Cancer Institute integrates advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies with nature. The connection to living systems has been shown to regenerate and heal, soothe the patient’s mind and body and create a feeling of serenity.
Abundant natural light, a wall of living plants, natural wood finishes, Terrazo flooring, Terra Cotta walls, and art, hand-selected by LG Health’s Healing Arts Commission, transform the building into a warm and welcoming place. At the heart of the design lies a healing garden landscaped with native plants, water, paths and stone benches. The garden offers contemplative spaces for patients and families to interact with nature and find comfort by the meditation pavilion.
The care team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, nurses, nurse navigators a symptom management nurse practitioner, along with an oncology support staff of social worker, dietitian, psychologist, lymphedema therapist, genetic counselors, and chaplain, ensure the patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met.
“The Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute team wants to be more than your referral source for cancer patients, we want to be your partner in the care of your patients and their families,” said Randall A. Oyer, M.D., Cancer Program Medical Director.
Nine family consultation rooms, 37 examination rooms, and eight areas where physicians and nurses collaborate, are strategically built in eight pods along the curved-shaped hallway, designed to enhance privacy. The 31 private and semi-private infusion therapy/chemotherapy suites allow patients to personalize their treatment areas with their choice of music or television, temperature and light.
An Image Recovery Center provides personalized services for patients including cosmetic care, hair replacements and post-surgical mastectomy products, and integrated medicine offerings like massage therapy and acupuncture. Nearby, the Fresh View Café features locally-grown organic produce.
Upon arrival, patients are greeted by volunteers who show them to the registration desk. A streamlined registration process developed for the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute reduces the number of times patients need to confirm their medical information.
The Cancer Institute differentiates itself with comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options, including PET/CT and MRI imaging, and the advanced radiation technologies of IMRT, IGRT, brachytherapy, TomoTherapy®, Gamma Knife®, TrueBeam, and the first CyberKnife®M6™ in the nation. The M6, the latest generation of CyberKnife, will significantly expand the number of patients with cancerous and non-cancerous tumors eligible to receive very precise radiation with reduced radiation exposure that Cyberknife treatment offers.
The facility and design of the in-house pharmacy dedicated to cancer treatments uses advanced technologies to ensure that safety standards meet or exceed national benchmarks.
A Conference & Education Center that can seat up to 150 people can connect Cancer Institute specialists with physicians at Lancaster General Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). As a member of the Penn Cancer Network, LG Health has access to resources and clinical trials from one of the nation’s foremost cancer centers, the Abramson Cancer Center at HUP. And through Penn Medicine’s Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at LG Health, genetic counselors work with families to counsel and educate them about tests for gene mutations.
More than 800 community members and LG Health employees have committed more than $20 million to support this project. Named in honor of Ann B. Barshinger’s generous donation of $5 million, other generous lead gifts were received from United Auxiliaries to Lancaster General Hospital, James W. and Sally C. Saxton, Suzanne H. Arnold Schrotberger, Ronald D. Schrotberger, The James Hale Steinman Foundation & The John Frederick Steinman Foundation, The Seraph Foundation, Inc. and Dr. James and Tasia Argires. These gifts were instrumental to the fundraising campaign’s success.
The $46 million Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute was designed by Philadelphia architectural firm Ballinger, with Benchmark Construction Company, Inc., as the construction manager.