UMCCC FacilitiesWhen the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center set out to design a new facility for its services, it started with a simple premise: Everyone involved in the fight against cancer should be working together under a single roof. Health professionals from all specialties as well as researchers from both basic and clinical science disciplines would share the same building as the patients who would benefit from their work. When the new facility opened in May 1997, the plan was radical; now it is the standard for cancer centers nationwide.
The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and support services to cancer patients in an environment that reflects our mission: the conquest of cancer through innovation and collaboration. The Center's building was designed to maximize communication among specialists and facilitate the translation of research findings into meaningful advancements in patient care. Our approach to cancer care and research has served as a model for other centers at the University of Michigan Health System as well as for a number of prominent academic cancer centers nationwide.
The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center's outpatient clinical services occupy the lower four levels of the building. The design of these floors reflects significant patient and faculty input as well as the shift in cancer care to the outpatient setting. Features of the Cancer Center include:
- Close to 150 cancer physicians from eight departments form multidisciplinary clinics, which bring together nurses, mid-level providers and support staff, to streamline care and enhance communication. Staff are grouped into teams principally by tumor type.
- Convenient evening and Saturday hours are available to patients receiving infusions. Urgent care services for adult cancer patients are offered Monday through Saturday, so patients can avoid the hospital emergency department for non-emergent, cancer-specific needs.
- Private long-term infusion areas allow patients to receive outpatient chemotherapy for up to 12 hours, avoiding prolonged and costly hospital stays.
- Attractive play space in two locations for pediatric patients.
- Patient support services include valet parking, a staffed education room, "courtesy center," nutrition counseling, art therapy, personal laptop computer access, complimentary snacks for infusion patients, social work and psycho-oncology support as well as a complementary therapies program.
- Nine-story outpatient care and research laboratory facility located adjacent to University Hospital at the west entrance to the U-M Medical Center
- Six-level adjacent parking structure provides 1,000 convenient patient and staff parking spaces
- Level B2 (entrance level): information/registration desk, adult radiology (X-ray, ultrasound, mammography), blood draw services, and adult infusion with 6 short-term chairs, 1 long-term bed and 2 observation chairs.
- Level B1: Cancer Center clinics (50 exams rooms, 5 consultation and 5 procedure/treatment rooms), adult chemotherapy infusion area (26 short-term chairs and 7 long-term beds), ambulatory treatment center (4 long-term beds), multimedia conference room, patient education resource center, survivor art gallery, outpatient pharmacy, and link to University Hospital for radiation oncology, CT, MRI and nuclear medicine
- Level 1: Cancer Center clinics (29 exam rooms, 3 consultation rooms and 1 treatment room), Mohs skin cancer unit, conference room, and Patient & Family Center
- Level 2: cancer research laboratory, Phase I Unit and Laboratory, Java City coffee and food service, link to University Hospital for access to cancer inpatient beds, cafeteria, gift shop
- Levels 3-7: cancer research laboratories
- Med Inn Building: Cancer Center Clinics at Med Inn include: infusion area with 4 beds and 5 chairs, PsychOncology, skills lab and faculty offices