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New cancer pavilion: designed for healing

In March 2011, Baylor Health Care System (Dallas, TX, www.baylorhealth.com) opened a 467,000 square foot outpatient cancer center as the newest component of the Sammons Cancer Center, more than tripling the space devoted to caring for patients with cancer.  The outpatient pavilion was designed and constructed with the specific objective of reducing carcinogens in both the building materials and internal furnishings to create a truly healing environment.  Among the amenities provided to patients and visitors are an education center, a meditation room, a nondenominational chapel, a gift shop that caters to cancer patients, and both indoor and outdoor eating areas.  A bridge to the original Sammons Cancer Center, which has been converted into an inpatient tower, provides an interior link between the two patient care spaces, along with a substantial area devoted to clinical research, including the Innovative Clinical Trials Center. 


Eagle, A.  Beating cancer.  Baylor’s new outpatient center reflects advances in treatment.  Health Facilities Management.  November 2011.  http://www.hfmmagazine.com/hfmmagazine_app/jsp/articledisplay.jsp?dcrpath=HFMMAGAZINE/Article/data/11NOV2011/1111HFM_FEA_CoverStory&domain=HFMMAGAZINE

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