Baylor Health Care System had a clearly identified goal when they created the largest outpatient cancer center in North Texas: to endow the community with a preeminent, patient-centered, comprehensive cancer center revolving around convenience, safety, and comfort. The stand-alone, 500,000 square foot (46,450 square meter) building offers a destination cancer center seamlessly connected to an inpatient academic medical center. It also establishes a south gateway to the large campus.
Addressing the need for a defined sense of place with an overarching desire to “embrace” the patients, staff, and visitors during the arduous journey through cancer care, the design creates a large, semi-circular plan with a curved connecting bridge between the outpatient cancer center and the existing inpatient care buildings. This single gesture unites the surrounding urban fabric and provides a clear, civic sense of arrival.
The patient experience is at the heart of interior planning and design, with a primary objective of reducing patient anxiety by carefully choreographing the continuum of cancer care experience. Patients arrive through a crescent-shaped atrium flooded with natural light and finished with local and natural materials.
Nature connectivity continues through strategically placed interior elements in treatment areas, such as the patient path in the radiation vaults and infusion bays. As quality of natural light is important in patient areas and in caregiver work spaces, lighting is used as a design feature through placement of delicate light fixtures that add sparkle and interest to the patient, visitor, and staff areas.