The new UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Tower expanded existing outpatient services and relocated dispersed functions into one consolidated location to enhance patient convenience and improve operational efficiency. The new 12 story addition connects to the existing Walker Tower on all levels. The addition encompassed 300,000 SF of shell with floor build out occurring in phases.
Research labs are located in the facility to enhance translational research. Lab assignments can fluctuate in open labs without moving walls. Support modules can be customized to meet the requirements of the research as tissue culture, microscopy, or special procedure rooms. Labs are supported by a central equipment corridor. All labs meet BSL2 criteria.
Existing animal facilities in Walker Tower were enhanced and renovated to serve research expansion. A new animal MRI was brought on line while future cage washing and animal holding facilities were planned.
Outpatient care services are provided 6 days a week for approximately 10 to 12 hours per day and include physician office visits, labs, imaging services, chemotherapy, and infusion. Pharmacy services were brought to the building to provide easy access for patient prescriptions and to provide chemotherapy pharmaceuticals to patient infusion floors.
Existing MRI facilities are now accessed from the new entry lobby. Conditioned skyway bridges link the new building’s atrium to the rest of the teaching hospital campus, PET, outpatient clinics, hospital, and radiation therapy..