The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC) is embarking on an extensive renovation/expansion plan to better serve the more than 15,000 patients we treat each year. This growth includes a new, 25,000 square foot ambulatory facility (the Leonard and Roslyn Stoler Pavilion) and a major expansion of both our inpatient rooms and research facilities.
Most importantly, the plan will improve our patients' experience in many ways. These include providing better access to our multidisciplinary teams of experts, offering a more attractive, convenient and comfortable patient environment and turning research discoveries into clinical applications/treatments that can be used at the bedside more quickly than before.
The Infusion area in UMGCC's new Stoler Pavilion
The UMGCC has opened a new, 25,000-square foot, state-of-the-art ambulatory
facility, located on the first floor of the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Named the Leonard and Roslyn Stoler Pavilion in honor of the Stolers, who made a major gift for its construction, the facility provides cancer patients receiving outpatient services one central, convenient location for their care.
"The Stoler Pavilion provides easy access and a very patient- and family-friendly environment for patients to come and see their multidisciplinary team and receive their outpatient treatment," said UMGCC Director Dr. Kevin Cullen. "We are very grateful to the Stolers for their extraordinary gift."
The opening of the Stoler Pavilion in June, 2005, gives UMGCC a single outpatient setting that improves the patient experience and facilitatea UMGCC's emphasis on multidisciplinary care.
This approach, where specialists in medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology evaluate and treat patients as a team, is what sets UMGCC apart from many other cancer treatment centers. Rather than the patient having to go to individual physicians for care, UMGCC brings cancer specialists together around the patient, and the Stoler Pavilion was designed with this philosophy in mind.
Specifically, it features a main clinical oncology suite consisting of 27 exam rooms and clinical support functions, and an infusion services area. There is also space for patient and family support services, including nutrition counseling, social worker counseling and financial counseling. Enhanced telemedicine capability allows for expanding UMGCC's telemedicine program.
UMGCC is proceeding with plans to expand its inpatient capacity to keep pace with the growing needs of our patients. The first phase will be the addition of a new, state-of-the-art inpatient unit on the 8th floor of the north hospital. The second phase will be the complete renovation of the current inpatient unit on the 9th floor of the north hospital. When completed, UMGCC will have added another 25 beds. This will allow us to more comfortably accommodate our growing number of cancer patients in a more private and attractive setting.
"When people are diagnosed with cancer, they and their families are usually terribly stressed and frightened," said Dr. Cullen. "If patients must receive inpatient care, their stay is typically long and involves specialized care. Having a comfortable, warm environment for their specialized treatment is very important and makes the whole experience less stressful for patients and their families."
Cancer research is an important part of UMGCC's mission, as evidenced by the more than 125 clinical trials currently underway at the cancer center. The discoveries our researchers make in their laboratories can lead to new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. To further enhance our research capabilities and to support the recruitment of new scientists, we recently added over 12,000 square feet of newly renovated laboratory space in April 2004, and will add another 12,000 square feet in 2006.
This new laboratory space has an open design, created specifically to foster collaboration between investigative groups and cancer programs to maximize our research efforts. The open laboratory space concept allows researchers working with similar tumors or in related research areas to be closer and work together more effectively and efficiently, thereby fostering important collaborative scientific relationships.
In addition to this newly renovated space, the Cancer Center has been assigned 5,000 square feet in the newly constructed Health Science Facility II building. This state-of-the-art laboratory space is accommodating the new recruits recently added to the growing research program.