Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) announced the beginning of construction on its South Lake Union campus to add a six-story, 150,000 square-foot outpatient cancer treatment clinic. The largest single construction project in SCCA history, the new building will feature a patient-centered design, highly specialized treatment clinics, and state-of-the-art procedure suites to expand and enhance SCCA’s services and advance its ability to deliver world-class cancer care and conduct cutting-edge research.
The new building will leverage the clinic design of SCCA’s recently opened Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Care Neighborhood, which features dedicated GI-related cancer care services on one floor of SCCA’s main South Lake Union campus. Each floor of the facility features flexible rooms, which make it possible for patients to receive all medical oncology care—including lab draws, nurse and provider visits, infusions, and supportive care visits—in one room to improve efficiency and patient comfort.
When the clinic opens in early 2023, it will offer 6 Care Neighborhoods, which are units dedicated to treating specific cancers, with more than 60 flex rooms for patient care—and room to expand to a total of 9 Care Neighborhoods. Dedicated care teams will be collocated in each of these areas for more effective coordination of care.
The building is also planned to have a new state-of-the-art procedure suite with targeted capabilities, including interventional radiology services, a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) room, and a satellite mammography suite that utilizes both MRI and traditional mammography. This setup will help alleviate the need for patients to travel between buildings for various treatments and services.
Terry McDonnell, ARNP, MSN, DNP
“We wanted to be intentional with the design of this new clinic to further SCCA’s model of patient-centered care,” said SCCA’s Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President of Clinical Operations & Facilities Terry McDonnell, ARNP, MSN, DNP. “Every aspect of this building was planned with the experience of the patient in mind, and it is being constructed with space flexibility that will allow us to seamlessly bring on new services, integrate new technology, and advance innovations in care.”
As part of Washington’s only National Cancer Institute–designated comprehensive cancer center, SCCA brings together research teams and cancer specialists from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the University of Washington School of Medicine.