Today, the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center celebrates one year in its new 377,000-square-foot building, which was designed to bring all outpatient cancer treatment services to one location, reducing wait times, improving patient flow, and providing a healing environment with abundant natural light.
The Taussig Cancer Center was designed with patient experience and empathy in mind, drawing on feedback from a panel of former cancer patients who outlined what would make their experience as ideal, welcoming, and healing as possible.
During the past year, many patients benefitted from Taussig’s multidisciplinary medical care and innovative, patient-centered services.
The facility houses all outpatient cancer treatment services with the center’s team of medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, nurses, genetic counselors, social workers, and others all working together in one shared space with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
“Our cancer center demonstrates our commitment to multidisciplinary care and patient support, bringing together the expertise of several specialists in customizing treatment for each patient, and offering services intended to help reduce cancer’s psychological stress,” said Brian Bolwell, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. “The building design incorporates everything we know about the delivery of compassionate, highly accessible team-based care, which continues to be our priority.”
A center designed by and for patients like Lindsey
Lindsey Ballas knew her whole life was about to change when she received a stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis. She says her care team’s support has made an incredible difference, as has the open and welcoming environment of the new Taussig Cancer Center building. “It doesn’t feel like you’re in ‘doctors’ offices,’ ” Lindsay said. “The natural light coming through makes it much more cheerful… you’re not disconnected from the rest of the world.” Lindsey also takes advantage of the yoga and meditation classes offered at Taussig, which she especially enjoys because others who are facing similar journeys are part of the classes, too.
From patient to caregiver
Theresa Cotton knows the impact healthcare workers have on patients is real. That’s because she was a patient herself. After years of treatment for her colon cancer at Cleveland Clinic, she wanted to give back. So, she applied to be a red coat who helps others. As a caregiver, she demonstrates “The Power of Every One” — the power to help, heal and change lives. “I believe we make a difference,” Theresa said.
Surviving breast cancer — with support every step of the way
Mauriel Davis is fighting breast cancer with the help of her team at Taussig Cancer Center. She values the individualized care she receives, the multidisciplinary team approach, and the comfort that her clinical team provides. “I don’t feel like I’m just a needle in the haystack – people want you to get better and people care,” Mauriel explained.
Beating cancer – and welcoming a new baby
Heather Kokinda was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. During treatment, she was able to receive goserelin, a drug used during chemotherapy to suppress ovary function and protect fertility. Since beating cancer, Heather has given birth to her second child and is thankful for the treatment to save her fertility.
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