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Renovations at Memorial Cancer Institute at Memorial Hospital West Enhance Patient Care

Renovations to Memorial Cancer Institute at Memorial Hospital West, in Pembroke Pines, were completed in May, enhancing patient care and expanding the space and capacity for outpatient treatment, tests and research.

Memorial Cancer Institute Renovation

The $2.9 million makeover increases the number of patient examination rooms, outpatient bone marrow transplantation suites and chemotherapy infusion bays. In addition, the pharmacy has been enlarged and upgraded to meet new state licensing codes. A facelift to the building's façade frames broad windows in vibrant colors and permits natural light to brighten the interior. Structural improvements include hurricane hardening.

Cancer treatments vary widely from person to person, while numerous services overlap. Some oncology treatments may require patients to receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy during the same visit. In keeping with Memorial Healthcare System's focus on patient- and family-centered care, the renovation of Memorial Cancer Institute streamlines services with ease of access in mind.

Waiting rooms between the treatment areas have been consolidated. High-tech equipment and diagnostic and clinical testing labs have been relocated into the same building, expediting results and analyses. With social workers, dietitians and support services all under one roof, services are centralized to save patients' time and energy.

The upgraded facility increased the number of infusion bays for chemotherapy patients from 15 to a potential of 21. Another new suite was created to administer photopheresis treatments to patients in Broward County's only program of this type. In addition, three outpatient suites were created for patients receiving bone marrow transplantations. Since opening in 2007, the outpatient Bone Marrow Transplant Program has successfully transplanted 44 patients.

Expanded Services

In March, Memorial Cancer Institute received the Certificate of Need from the state to offer inpatient bone marrow transplantation services. "The certification allows us to immediately begin performing inpatient autologous transplants, using the patient's own stem cells, and allogeneic transplants, using matched donor's stem cells, in about 18 months," says Ken Hetlage, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer at Memorial Hospital West.

Memorial Cancer Institute Facility

More than 200 physicians, researchers, nurses and support personnel provide treatments and disease-specific programs at Memorial Cancer Institute at Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. The CyberKnife® technology at Memorial Hospital West is a noninvasive alternative to surgery designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body with submillimeter accuracy. This outpatient procedure, which targets inoperable cancers that cannot be treated by traditional radiation, is virtually painless and the recuperation period is minimal. Radiation oncologists at both locations use the sophisticated RapidArc™ radiotherapy technology, which delivers tumor-destroying radiation with unprecedented speed and precision.

As the first of its kind in Florida, the Image Recovery Center® at Memorial Hospital West offers personalized counseling and services to help patients adjust to the physical and emotional changes they experience due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. The array of services includes wig consultations, mastectomy products, nail services, massage, acupuncture, yoga, and relaxation and imagery techniques.

The renovation of Memorial Cancer Institute precedes the planned December 2011 opening of an 80-bed expansion at Memorial Hospital West. The entire third floor of the new tower will be dedicated to oncology treatments, with 40 additional beds for cancer patients. A new fourth floor will house telemetry and medical or surgical beds.

Memorial Cancer Institute at Memorial Hospital West is located at 801 North Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954-844-6868.