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healthcare urban sanctuary ZGF creates an unexpectedly serene chemotherapy treatment center in Brooklyn By Murrye Bernard • Photography by John Bartelstone Photography and Chun Y Lai Photo by John Bartelstone Photography Cancer treatment carries a certain stigma. Until drugs that lessened side effects became available in the mid-1990s, patients were relegated to hospital beds while receiving chemotherapy. Even now, the standard infusion process is typically a stressful day-long event for patients who spend most of it packed into waiting rooms. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York recognized the inefficiency of this model and examined the treatment process from the perspectives of patients, staff, and families. MSKCC created the Brooklyn Infusion Center (BIC), designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF) of Portland, Oregon, as a prototype facility that eliminates waiting time while providing patients with personalized care close to home. The center operates on a “chemo-ready” model: patients first visit MSKCC’s Manhattan headquarters for blood work and screening and, once cleared, they schedule treatment at BIC. “It allows patients to live as full and normal lives as possible,” explains Jan Willemse, partner at ZGF. “They’re not stuck in a waiting room, but instead can visit with their grandkids or go to a movie.” 82 contract october 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - October 2011

Contract - October 2011
Industry news
Product briefs: healthcare
Product focus: caregivers need care, too
Product focus: above + below
Product focus: glass for health
Advancements made in evidence-based healthcare design
The power of design
Less clinical, more hospitable
Beautifully lean
Raising the bar
New life
Urban sanctuary
The 2011 healthcare environment awards
Designers select: healthcare products
Ad index

Contract - October 2011