Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center Celebrates One Year in New Building

First year offers measurable patient, clinical impact

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.

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Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center first opened its doors on March 6, 2017.

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 patient-centered design was driven by feedback from a panel of former cancer patients, with a focus on empathy.

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.


The Wig Boutique carries complimentary wigs, hats and other accessories for Cleveland Clinic cancer patients actively undergoing treatment.

“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.”

Patient Stories

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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About Taussig Cancer Center

More than 450 highly skilled doctors, researchers, nurses and technicians in Taussig Cancer Institute unite with 26 other Cleveland Clinic clinical and surgical institutes, as well as cancer specialists at regional hospitals, health centers and at Cleveland Clinic Florida, to care for thousands of patients each year. Ranked No. 7 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, the cancer center provides a range of services to patients including more than 300 clinical trials and internationally recognized cancer research efforts ensuring patients have access to the latest advances in cancer treatment, as well as a range of support programs helping patients navigate the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis. Cleveland Clinic is a member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) designated cancer center supporting all cancer-related research efforts at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Cleveland Clinic’s cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), with commendations in all four areas possible for an NCI-designated cancer center: clinical trial accrual, public reporting of outcomes, College of American Pathologists protocols, and nursing care.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 52,000 employees are more than 3,600 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 10 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2017, there were 7.6 million outpatient visits, 229,000 hospital admissions and 207,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at