Poudre Valley Hospital will break ground Jan. 17 on an outpatient cancer center in Fort Collins. The ceremony will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
The $11-million, 30,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in 2014. Designed in part by patients perspective, the center will have everything centralized from diagnostic services to treatment and care to survivorship.
The Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation asked community members touched by cancer how to improve care. The consensus was that patients want care close to home, so they don’t have to leave their community. They prefer to have treatment, care and support at one location rather than multiple sites. A cancer patient often has 100 appointments in the first year after diagnosis, adding physical, emotional and financial stress to an already challenging journey.
To answer this challenge, PVH, part of University of Colorado Health, and the Foundation developed plans to deliver one-door access so patients will get virtually all of their treatment and care under the same roof. In addition to community feedback, hundreds of doctors, nurses and staff members contributed to the design.
“We want to provide a better cancer-care experience that meets the needs of patients all in one location,” said Kevin Unger, PVH president and CEO. “We will have everything centralized from diagnostic services to treatment and care to survivorship.”
Cancer survivor Vikki Wagner, chair of the Survivor Advisory Council, said “we are re-defining the cancer experience and making sure healing, hope and wellness are alongside great clinical treatment.”
The center will be located on UC Health’s Harmony Campus in Fort Collins, just off of I-25. Heery International is the architecture firm and Adolfson & Peterson will manage construction.
“It will raise the bar on cancer care in northern Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region,” said Unger, who chaired a community committee that oversaw planning and fundraising for the center.
To date, more than 3,500 members of the community have contributed more than $3 million to the project.
The patient-centric design fosters multidisciplinary care. In this new center, patients will often see multiple specialists in one visit, in one room. These seamless connections will promote personalized treatment strategies managed by a single point of contact from diagnosis to survivorship.
The center will provide access to:
- Clinical research.
- Complementary therapies such as massage and healing touch.
- Counseling/oncology social work.
- Genetic counseling.
- Healing garden.
- Infusion center.
- Medical oncology.
- Patient navigation.
- Physical rehabilitation.
- Radiation oncology.
Learn more about the cancer center.
–Dave Rizzotto, marketing and communications