More privacy, pleasing artwork and wonderful views now greet patients at the Cancer Center’s new location in a remodeled section of the Aumann Building.
“We are thrilled to offer our oncology patients this beautiful new Cancer Center, which includes not only medical oncology services but also infusion therapy,” said Andrew Perry, chief executive officer of The Clinic.
“Patients will find this new clinical space a wonderful complement to the Clinic’s mission of delivering exceptionaland compassionate medical care,” Perry said.
Patients agree. Patient Millie Swenson calls the new infusion room “incredible . . . There is no comparison (to the previous Asbury Building infusion area). I love this space. I can watch the clouds, the people walking their dogs. Swenson uses the Cancer Center infusion area as part of her rheumatology care.
Patient Linda Lamb compliments on the infusion area’s “roominess.” “It is easier for guests to come with patients. The view is much nicer to see sky and trees and it is well set-up with bathrooms and other amenities.
The parking is easier at the back door, instead of the large parking lot near Asbury. It just feels more private,” she said.
The physicians will see patients in six different exam rooms, and there are now nine regular infusion areas, 50 percent more than the previous location.
“The new infusion space is a huge improvement on what we had,” said Erin Thompson, Clinic oncology nurse. “A large space, new materials, calming photography, and large windows with great views of the Cascades really help improve the patient experience. It has a much calmer, relaxing feel and patients can have a more private experience.”
Oncology patients and their families donated to The Corvallis Clinic Foundation for the artwork and landscaping that brighten the Cancer Center.
The location is much more private and intimate than the former space, and there is nearly twice as much room, with about 4,700 square-feet of space. Lab services are co-located in the Aumann Building, and there is easier access to the building, including handicap-accessible parking.
“Research has shown that environmental factors such as artwork, nice views, natural light and the use of specific colors can potentially change a stressful, scary experience into one that is soothing and therapeutic,” Perry said. “We understand the importance of and want to include a healing ambiance to patient care.”
The open design of the infusion area reflects patient feedback that many people enjoy the camaraderie of seeing other people during treatment. And for patients who are frail or seek greater privacy, there is a private infusion room.
Perry also said the new space bolsters Oncology’s part in The Clinic’s role as a patient-centered medical home, where patients can coordinate all of their medical needs. “Many of our specialties – such as urology, pulmonology and gynecology – work closely with our Oncology department physicians and staff,” Perry said. “Our patients have always been able to easily coordinate care between providers, and this wonderful new facility only enriches the patient experience.”