Massachusetts General Hospital West - Outpatient Oncology and Infusion Center
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) intends to open a 21,300 square-foot Outpatient Oncology and Infusion Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. This Center will provide cancer patients with ongoing evaluation, planning, treatment, and follow-up services subsequent to diagnosis. It is intended to accommodate the growing needs of MGH’s Cancer Center patients who are seeking care closer to their home communities.
The Program Components of the new Center’s program will include 22 semi-private infusion treatment areas and 15 exam rooms as well as a reception and waiting area, phlebotomy and clinical laboratory, care team and administrative areas, nourishment and family lounge areas, and a compounding pharmacy. With a construction cost of $8.6 million, the facility is on schedule to open in early June 2015.
Infusion Family Lounge
The Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) Design Team went through a series of research, visioning, and user-group meetings early on, helping us to fully understand the needs of MGH’s patient population and ensure that the project can respond to those needs. During an internal “vision” meeting, the Team brainstormed ideas based upon their research and personal experiences. The Team presented ideas to MGH’s Patient & Family Advisory Committee, who provided further insights regarding the needs of oncology patients.
Out of these early brainstorming meetings, the Team formed a number of keywords and central ideas that would guide the interior design development, including: empowerment, camaraderie, respite, mental diversion, privacy, cleanliness, nurturing and serene.
Since oncology outpatients spend a significant portion of their clinical care visits either awaiting test results or undergoing infusion, which can often take many hours, the Design Team focused special attention on these particular program areas. The waiting areas are designed to afford a range of intimacy and privacy, using various sizes of seating clusters, to create a hospitality-like environment. Similarly, the infusion areas are designed so that patients can either have privacy within an individual infusion bay or can choose to seek interactions with other patients in large, centrally-located patient and family lounges and nourishment areas.
Undergoing cancer treatment can often leave patients feeling at a loss for control. In an effort to reduce such stress, the Team designed the infusion areas so that clinical apparatus is concealed and patients and family can provide for themselves or control their immediate environments as needed.
Early Test Fit Diagram