In recognition of World Cancer Day, we’d like to spotlight the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Completed in 2012, the expansion and renovation provides all UAMS Cancer services in 500,000 SF of research, diagnostic, and treatment centers. Architect Hrand DuValian designed the expansion to provide a healing environment with hospitality and concierge services for patients from all over the world. The contemporary design and natural elements create a relaxing and soothing environment.
The facility expands outpatient services and consolidates functions into one location to enhance convenience for the patients and improve operational efficiency. The new 300,000 SF, 13 story addition connects on all levels to the existing 200,000 SF 11-story tower. The expansion brings researchers into the facility to be closer to diagnostic and treatment centers that will encourage faster “bench to bedside” treatments. The existing facility grew so rapidly, all spaces for patient amenities and decompression filled to meet clinical needs. Therefore, space to meet patient non-clinical needs such as family and consult areas, were critical to the program.
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.
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.