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
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 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.
Hospital Oncology Unit Expansions Improve Patient Experience
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
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.