To provide treatment close to home—that was the driving force behind SSM Health’s proposed radiation oncology addition. SSM Health wanted their St. Mary’s Hospital campus in Janesville, Wisconsin to offer patients in the area a local alternative for treatment. But SSM Health wanted more than that. They envisioned a single location where patients could receive comprehensive cancer care, and they set the following objectives for the new space:
In the proposal phase of the project, ERDMAN presented an alternative design that went a step further in enhancing the patient experience. In particular, the design maximized the value of the existing healing garden, which ERDMAN had designed and constructed as part of the new campus in 2011. This reconfiguration brought the tranquil qualities of nature into the building by allowing waiting areas (and staff offices) to face into the garden. SSM Health ultimately chose this design. Project outcomes since final construction include the following:
Patients in the area now have cutting-edge radiation cancer treatment available nearby. More than that, patients undergoing cancer treatment of any kind have a comprehensive resource to help them through every step of their care.
Kim Schram, Director of Radiation Oncology for SSM Health, describes what it’s like to help provide patients access to radiation oncology treatment.