may choose to have their chemotherapy in a private room.
comes first" was the mantra of the team who conceptualized the
Froedtert & the Medical College Clinical Cancer Center, which
opened in May 2008.
typical medical building atmosphere when you walk into the facility;
instead, you will find a serene experience, stemming from the use of
organic materials and plenty of natural light.
building was essentially designed out of glass to bring the outside
in," says Sue Derus, executive director of Cancer Services at
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
atmosphere is calming — to reduce the stress level that we believe
affects the patient’s ability to recover."
that experience, tucked away behind the main lobby is a mediation room
for patients where New Age music, plants and soft chairs are the
perfect place to relax.
attention focuses around the patient rather than convenience for the
doctors," explains Derus. "In the past, the different cancer
services were spread out around the entire Froedtert and Medical
College campus. We set out to build something that focused on the
the Medical College spent two years researching before hiring an
architect to design the building. They formed patient focus groups,
followed by meetings with staff and physicians.
The clinics are
laid out by disease type, such as, the breast area, melanoma area,
etc. Derus said patients wanted a one-stop care facility and their
physicians to be in touch with one another during their treatment.
There are 13 disease-specific teams of physicians who work together at
There is also a
cafeteria for patients, The 87th Street Bistro, where healthy foods
are served, and a gift shop, Small Stones Wellness Center, located
next door. At Small Stones there are special items for cancer patients
— as well as a hair stylist who can help those undergoing treatment
with wigs, and offer advice on how to wrap scarves and wear hats.
Small Stones Wellness Center on the second floor provides cancer
patients with wig, hair and makeup services, as well as a
certified mastectomy fitter for women who have undergone full or
partial breast removal.
CHEMO ROOM: Scott Garrett of Wauwatosa is undergoing
chemotherapy treatment while his wife, Terry, sits by his side.