Rush opens new cancer center
02/03/2011 4:00 PM
Rush University Medical Center cut the ribbon on a new cancer center Monday, a 49,000 square-foot facility for cancer patients coming in for daily care.
It’s a space more three times the size of its last cancer facility, and brings all of Rush’s outpatient cancer treatment facilities under one roof.
Rush’s ongoing expansion made the $13.3 million expanded facility possible. When the hospital’s new orthopedics center opened up in 2009, it created new space for the cancer center to expand into, said the cancer center’s director, Dr. Howard Kaufman.
“We were a little more scattered before,” Kaufman said. “It’s really designed with a lot of patient care in mind, rather than patients having to run around and find all their other services.”
In addition to things like a larger chemotherapy area and a new clinical treatment center, the new building will have a yoga room, psychological and nutritional counseling, and an immediate care facility on site.
For more intensive treatment, Kaufman said Rush’s brand-new main hospital building will have a new cancer center. That building is expected to open in 2012.