Speedier diagnoses, streamlined care and expanded access are the goals of the new outpatient clinic building opening in March on Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center’s South Lake Union campus. The leaders, staff members and patients who were part of the years-long design and planning effort were determined to create an iconic experience in the new six-story, 150,000 square-foot building that embodies hope and uplifted peoples’ spirits.The cancer care won’t be any different in the new building, but the new treatment floors should make the experience more streamlined and less time-consuming.
In the new setup, patients won’t move from floor to floor, instead, they’ll have one “flex” room that’s their home for the day in “care neighborhoods” where staff and clinicians work side-by-side. These design elements are already in the existing building in the Bezos Family Immunotherapy Clinic on the sixth floor as well as on the seventh floor.
The new clinic building also boasts new technology including three MRI machines, along with a new positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging (PET MRI) machine that improves the ability to detect and image tumors, make detailed diagnoses and tailor treatment for patients.