New Cancer Facility Opens Dec. 5

Cancer Infusion Opening Information Desk

A new $12 million cancer clinic at UI Hospitals and Clinics will bring Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center physicians and researchers together and create a more comfortable and efficient atmosphere for patients.

The new clinic began serving patients Dec. 5.

"The new center will allow us to better coordinate and integrate our research and clinical activity and continue to offer Iowans the most advanced treatments for cancer care," says George Weiner, MD, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

See the new cancer center for yourself! Join us for an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. Tour the new cancer clinic and infusion suite, talk with staff. Snacks will be provided and you can sign up for a door prize.

Details of the Project

  • The 64,000 square foot cancer clinic and infusion suites, located on the west end of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics, will occupy two floors and provide space for multiple interdisciplinary cancer care teams of providers that focus on specific cancer types including breast, prostate, colorectal and many others.
  • The new cancer clinic provides a significant increase in patient space. There are 37 exam rooms, up from the current 30, and two procedure rooms. The second-floor infusion suite grows from 28 chairs to 40, eight of which are in private rooms.
  • Many aspects of the center's design are aimed at enhancing efficiency and reducing patient waiting times. In particular, the centralized and team-specific staff workrooms will improve patient tracking, and a new pneumatic tube system, which will deliver samples to the lab in two minutes rather than the 13 minutes for current delivery, will reduce waiting times for lab results. There also is an on-site pharmacy.
  • The clinic also includes a larger and more centralized space for research, bringing together a core group of cancer center staff who work on clinical trials. The cancer center conducts nearly 300 clinical trials at any given time.

Design Influenced by Patients

Cancer Infusion Opening of Patient Area

A 12-member patient advisory group provided insight into the development of the clinic to make it more patient-friendly. Some of the suggestions from the group that were implemented include: having half of the seating in the waiting areas be made up of loveseats; having half walls separating the chemotherapy suites to allow patients to talk to each other; headsets in the infusion suites for every patient television; and a closed-off family room to provide privacy for families and patients alike.

Patient and staff input was also key to the design of an entirely new infusion suite chair. In collaboration with a local company, the patients and staff created a new chair that is more comfortable and easier for patients to use and helps staff work more safely and efficiently.

Meeting the Needs of Our Patients

"It has always been our goal to deliver world-class care to our patients," says John Buatti, MD, deputy director for clinical cancer care at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Now we can deliver it in an environment that is comfortable and comforting, safe and efficient, and truly designed to put the patient at the center of this team."

View a fact sheet about the new cancer clinic and infusion suite.