Outpatient Infusion Center to Open in March
The University of Chicago Medicine will open its new Outpatient Infusion Center on the sixth floor of the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine on March 21.
The Outpatient Infusion Center will provide cancer patients with infusion services such as chemotherapy and Apheresis, a medical technology in which the blood of a donor or patient is passed through an apparatus that removes one or more blood components (plasma, platelets, or white blood cells) and transfers the remaining blood back into the donor or patient.
Features of the 24,000-square-foot facility include: 54 private infusion therapy rooms and space for a dedicated pharmacy, and a lab room. A cancer research team will be on the floor to work with patients involved in clinical trials. Furthermore, patients will have greater access to medical providers at the hematology and oncology clinics will be located on the same floor.
“By moving the pharmacy and other supporting components to the center, we will make it easier for medical staff to care for our patients in a more timely and coordinated fashion,” states Bobby Lester, interim director of oncology ambulatory operations. “Once implemented, the new procedures will assist in the efficiency of care delivery and will positively impact a patient’s experience.”
The private rooms will also allow patients to have friends or family members accompany them during their treatments. Patients will be able to create a more personalized experience as they will have options to control the room’s lighting and watch television.
“Receiving cancer treatments can be exhausting for patients," said Lester. "Providing them with some amenities that they can get at home will help them feel more at ease."
The Center for Supportive Oncology will also be housed on the floor to educate patients on how to better manage their cancer care. The center will be built with a $750,000 grant that University of Chicago Medicine received from the Coleman Foundation, an independent foundation that supports institutions providing cancer treatment, education, and support in the Chicago Metropolitan area.
Until the new center opens, patients will continue to receive infusion therapy treatments in the Bernard R. Mitchell Hospital.
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