State-Of-The-Art Facility will be Home to Siteman Cancer Center


Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Joni Westerhouse

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Member BJC HealthCare
Jason Merrill

Aug. 15, 2001 – Patients at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine will soon be able to receive care in a single, convenient location at the north end of Washington University Medical Center. Previously, patients were seen at 32 different sites on the medical campus. In the fall of 2001, a state-of-the-art facility for the Siteman Cancer Center will open in the 14-story Center for Advanced Medicine under construction at the southwest corner of Forest Park and Euclid avenues.

"We are very excited about the opening of the new Siteman Cancer Center," says Timothy J. Eberlein, M.D., director of the Cancer Center, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor at Washington University and Surgeon-in-Chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. "Not only will it provide an architecturally beautiful environment, but it has also been designed from the patient's perspective to be patient-friendly and efficient."

The Siteman Cancer Center will have a distinct entrance, lobby and elevators on the street level of the Center for Advanced Medicine, where an expanded Cancer Information Center also will be located. The Information Center will offer many educational items for patients and their families and will provide space for psychosocial or spiritual counseling and peer support groups.

The Siteman Cancer Center also will occupy the lower level and seventh floor, totaling more than 100,000 square feet of space. The lower level will house a radiation oncology center. It will include eight linear accelerators used to provide radiation treatment and two state-of-the-art CT simulators. In partnership with HealthSouth, a Gamma Knife Center also is available, which allows targeted radiation treatment of brain tumors and other brain conditions.

Many outpatient services will be provided on the seventh floor, which was designed to have modules that can be easily changed as health care needs evolve. The design also will facilitate the multidisciplinary approach to care provided at the Siteman Cancer Center. In this team approach, a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and surgical oncologist, as well as a psychologist and other specialists from Washington University who see patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, work together to provide individualized patient treatment plans.

Other floors of the Center for Advanced Medicine will house cancer-related services, such as a surgicenter and a new Breast Health Center. The Shoenberg Pavilion adjoining the new building will be the location for inpatient cancer services, including stem cell transplantation facilities and medical oncology, as well as surgical oncology.

Patients will be able to park in a new garage across Euclid Avenue, then cross to the Center for Advanced Medicine using an elevated walkway. A hotel adjoining the parking facility and facing Forest Park Avenue also will be completed in 2002 for the convenience of patients and family members.

The patient care facilities are complemented by other facilities throughout the Medical Center where basic cancer research is conducted by faculty from Washington University School of Medicine. This space continues to expand and will soon include two new floors in a building under construction on the south end of the medical campus.

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