The Cooper Cancer Institute breaks ground, bringing Cooper University Hospital’s initiative to be a regional health science campus closer to reality
May 15, 2012 Download PDF
CAMDEN, NJ – The Cooper Cancer Institute (CCI), which completes an important new gateway for the Cooper University Hospital (CUH), is breaking ground today. Architecture firm Francis Cauffman designed the building, which is part of CUH’s initiative to create a regional health science campus in Camden and to better serve the surrounding communities. CUH has 700 physicians and offers services in Southern New Jersey, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley and the CCI is also the only facility in Southern New Jersey partnered with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The institute creates a calming environment and brings progressive cancer treatment services under one roof, allowing for more flexibility and closer collaboration between doctors. The facility will be completed in September 2013.
"This new building will allow us to improve our patients’ experience by providing a full complement of coordinated cancer care services, including diagnosis, counseling, treatment, follow-up care and supportive services, all in one convenient location," said Generosa Grana, MD, Director of the Cooper Cancer Institute." Francis Cauffman’s design promotes patient healing, encompassing a patient and family centered care environment, magnifying Cooper as the premier health sciences campus in the region."
“We worked extensively with the end-users to create an environment that is soothing for patients while being more efficient for staff,” said Ken Kramer, Principal-in-charge at Francis Cauffman. “Additionally, we designed the building with layered two-tone metal panels and glass, creating a distinctive pattern that will allow patients to find the building easily on the campus.” The CCI is Francis Cauffman’s 12th cancer center and the third project in Camden that the firm has designed.
Francis Cauffman designed the building so the three major components of the facility – radiation oncology, multidisciplinary care, and infusion – occupy three separate floors. The multidisciplinary care floor houses exam rooms, diagnostics, and treatment planning. Because it is in between the two medical departments, patients have easy access to treatment, and the exam spaces can be used efficiently by different teams.
To create healing spaces, Francis Cauffman conducted a series of cancer survivor focus groups, elicited feedback from user groups, evaluated full-scale mock-ups of patient care environments, and used evidence-based design principles. In the face of a bewildering care process, the study revealed that patients want the ability to control their immediate environment, such as light levels, temperature, sun shading, and the degree of privacy. Patients at the CCI will now have control over these features, easing a difficult experience. The landscaped entry courtyard, which will be shared with the existing inpatient rehabilitation facility on site, provides sunny seating areas for relaxation.
ABOUT FRANCIS CAUFFMAN
Francis Cauffman, an award-winning architecture firm with offices in New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., has supported its clients since 1954 with innovative architecture, planning, and interior design services. The practice is recognized for being on the leading edge of new investigations in healthcare, academic research and teaching, corporate research, and corporate and advanced technology. Francis Cauffman has a staff of 130 architects, planners, and interior designers and is active in 20 states and three countries. The firm’s clients include Catholic Health East system, John Hopkins Hospital, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Major corporate clients are GlaxoSmithKline, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and LifeCell Corporation.
ABOUT COOPER UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Cooper University Hospital is the flagship of The Cooper Health System. It is the premier university hospital serving South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Cooper will expand its role as a leader in medical education and research with the creation of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. This four-year allopathic medical school in partnership with Rowan University will seat its first class in August 2012. Cooper broke ground on the new Cooper Cancer Institute located in Camden, NJ, in May of 2012. Cooper is renowned for Signature Programs in cardiology, cancer, critical care, trauma, orthopaedics and neurology. Regional expansion with the opening of new and broadened facilities throughout Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties continues with more than 50 physician offices throughout the region.