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About Sylvester

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center 25th year anniversary seal As a university-based cancer center, Sylvester physicians and scientists apply research breakthroughs from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. Sylvester closely evaluates the effectiveness of new treatments, and shares clinical insights with laboratory investigators, leading to improvements that benefit patient care. This type of translational research is the cornerstone of our comprehensive cancer center, providing us the ability to accurately treat a wide range of cancers across 15 site diseases and from stage one to stage four.

Sylvester patients also have the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking clinical trials that offer new treatment approaches and help the scientific community answer questions about new ways of using existing drugs to fight cancer.


The Lennar Foundation Medical Center: Offering State-of-the-art Cancer Care

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center
The Lennar Foundation Medical Center provides expert multidisciplinary cancer care – including cancer clinical trials, medical oncology, radiation oncology, imaging and support services. The facility also offers the latest minimally invasive procedures in state-of-the-art surgical suites, leading to faster recovery, lower infection rates and less post-procedure discomfort. Architectural features of the center, such as floor-to-ceiling windows, art installations and a fifth-story outdoor terrace overlooking Coral Gables, create a light-infused environment to promote patient healing and wellbeing.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, opened its sixth satellite facility in December as a core component of The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus.

Sylvester physicians provide a wide range of patient services at the new five-story, 206,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment center. The ground floor houses diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology services, including an advanced linear accelerator and a CT simulator. The center’s second floor is dedicated to ambulatory surgery care for a wide range of conditions, including cancer, featuring six general operating rooms, two rooms for special procedures and three GI/ endoscopy suites.

"The building design creates a light-infused environment to promote patient healing and wellbeing.”

The entire fourth fl oor of the center is dedicated to Sylvester’s cancer services, including a comprehensive treatment unit for chemotherapy infusion; a breast health center with comprehensive imaging and biopsy technology; a men’s health center with specialists in prostate and urological cancers; a head and neck cancer center; 36 examination rooms; a pharmacy; and a pathology laboratory dedicated to oncology patients. Support services, such as acupuncture, massage and social work, also are housed in the facility.


Sylvester Establishes Patient and Family Advisory Council

Sylvester has established the Patient and Family Advisory Council to give patients and their families a forum to share feedback, suggestions and ideas on how the center can enhance the experience, satisfaction and comfort of our patients. The council meets monthly, and discusses opportunities in clinical operation and patient care to make changes that enhance the patient experience. The council began in January 2016 with just three patients and family members; membership has since grown to include more than 20 patients and family members in addition to staff. Many of the council members serve as advisors involved in multiple performance improvement initiatives throughout the center, from patient safety to survivorship. In its quest to achieve continuous improvements, the council coordinates its efforts with the C4QI PFAC work group, whose membership includes major cancer centers nationwide.

"Many of the council members serve as advisors involved in multiple performance improvement initiatives..."

Hospital Oncology Unit Expansions Improve Patient Experience

University of Miami Hospital Exterior
The 560-bed University of Miami Hospital is the only university-owned and -operated teaching hospital in the state. Located near the heart of downtown Miami on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus, the hospital offers patients state-of-the-art, research-based academic medicine.

As part of its ongoing commitment to enhancing the patient experience, the University of Miami Health System recently completed renovation of an oncology inpatient unit and began renovation on a second unit in the 560-bed University of Miami Hospital. These renovations are part of a phased, two-year effort that will convert some of the patient rooms into suites – reducing the number of licensed beds to 516 and establishing more than 200 dedicated oncology beds spread across five units on four floors of the hospital. The renovated space is expected to improve the patient experience by providing a more attractive, healing physical environment, increasing surgical and medical oncology capacity, and enabling grouping of patients in cohorts for tailored care, support services and oncology interventions.


Sylvester Dedicates New Breast Cancer Care Pavilion

From left, Norman Braman, Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., UM President Julio
From left, Norman Braman, Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Sandy Schlesinger, Lianne Lazetera and Jayne Malfitano.

Sylvester and UHealth leaders, doctors, staff and supporters, and University of Miami President Julio Frenk came together on March 21 to celebrate the dedication of Phase I of Sylvester’s new Gail S. Posner Pavilion for Breast Cancer Care at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute. The Posner Pavilion has been established to provide comprehensive health care to women, all under one roof. Phase I of the pavilion has 17 exam rooms covering more than 7,300 square feet. Phase II of the pavilion is slated to be completed in early 2018 and will add 8,400 square feet dedicated to women’s cancer care.