Healthcare Design - March 2018 - 24
& Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha, Neb., is designed to be a
place of holistic healing, providing the highest level of cancer care and treatment. But healing often requires more than just treating patients medically.
"Studies have shown that creating an atmosphere of hope and resilience through
artwork goes beyond curing a disease and leads to improved patient outcomes,"
says Dr. Kenneth Cowan, director of the $323 million project. The facility is the
product of a joint effort between Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. It opened in June 2017 and comprises the Suzanne and
Walter Scott Cancer Research Tower, C.L. Werner Cancer Hospital, and a multidisciplinary outpatient center.
The project's healing arts program was launched in 2014 during the planning and design stages,
inspired by that research on the medical benefits of art and with the goal of creating environments
that support and comfort patients and staff. Elements of the program include therapeutic art, music, and poetry programs for patients; diverse art collections; and Leslie's Healing Garden, featurHE FRED
COURTESY OF HDR © 2017 COREY GAFFER
A B O VE : Glass artist Dale
Chihuly's fascination with
nature and flowers is evident
throughout the space,
beginning with the organic
shape of the structure, which
is based on his "Macchia"
series. O PPO SITE , TOP: A
sapphire "Icicle Tower" is
featured in the exterior rooftop
"Mille Fiori" composition,
while inside, Chihuly's new
are on display. O PPOSIT E,
B O TTO M: The blossoming
shapes of the "Sunrise Persian
Columns" reflect light inside