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Posted on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

Administrators request $2M for renovations to treatment space in U-M's Cancer Center

By Amy Biolchini

Patients visiting the University of Michigan Health System’s Comprehensive Cancer Center for chemotherapy and other infusion treatments could soon have more room to breathe.

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A patient receives a chemotherapy treatment.

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About 6,300 square feet of clinic space on level B1 of the Cancer Center is slated for renovation so adult infusion services staff can comfortably increase its capacity.

The space was vacated when pediatric infusion services, as well as all bone marrow services, were moved to the C .S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital in December when the new facilities opened.

In the interim, about two-thirds of the space has been claimed by doctors and new faculty members for use as examination rooms, said Nicole Fawcett, manager of cancer communications.

Currently, the adult infusion treatment center is “extremely full,” Fawcett said.

Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs, and Timothy Slottow, executive vice president and chief financial officer, have submitted a request to the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents to authorize the project. The board meets Thursday afternoon.

Clinic spaces would be outfitted to treat adults instead of pediatric patients, and several offices would be converted to exam rooms.

Waiting rooms would also receive an upgrade.

Doctors that have made use of the space in the interim would be incorporated into the final plan, Fawcett said.

Renovations would cost about $2 million and would be completed in small portions to minimize disruption to patient care, Fawcett said. The project would be completed by spring of 2013.

Administrators anticipate that the construction may be paid for by bond proceeds or by increasing the commercial paper issuance under the commercial paper program.

Chemotherapy and other like treatments administered at two other UMHS clinics outside of the hospital would be unaffected by the renovations.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at (734) 623-2552, amybiolchini@annarbor.com or on Twitter.

Comments

SEC Fan

Tue, Jun 19, 2012 : 2:18 p.m.

definitely needed. that center is always packed.

Sparty

Tue, Jun 19, 2012 : 1:57 p.m.

I am a patient at the CC and find it to be well designed and linked to the hospital, and other UMHS units, it's own parking structure, etc. The only drawback is the two very slow patient elevators, LoL! It is always crowded on every floor, in every waiting area, so this request should definitely be approved - it only goes to show the demand for the quality care that UMHS provides.

E Claire

Tue, Jun 19, 2012 : 4:21 p.m.

If you're in the area I'm thinking, try the staff elevators. We played dumb and used them sometimes, never got any flack. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

bedrog

Tue, Jun 19, 2012 : 11:59 a.m.

Can't speak to the specific issue other than as one familiar with the overall facility with which i have been consistently impressed ,as to the efficiency of staff and services. Give em whatever they want... the place is a wonderful , world class resource overall .

CB

Tue, Jun 19, 2012 : 11:08 a.m.

I was a patient at the cancer center. The building is very poorly designed. You cannot get from the parking structure to some of the floors. If you need something to eat, you have to wait for an elevator (there are very few stairways that go anywhere). The building should probably be made into offices and a new, more patient friendly cancer center built.