COLUMBUS, Ohio – The JamesCare Comprehensive Breast Center, 1145 Olentangy River Rd., will host a community open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 16 to showcase the new world-class facility that offers comprehensive breast cancer care in one convenient location.
Media are invited to attend the free event that will feature guided tours of the facility that opened earlier this year, along with family activities, refreshments and entertainment.
A ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. will feature remarks by Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, Chris Spielman, 15th District of Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers, as well as leaders from the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and Ohio State University Medical Center.
The 114,400-square foot LEED certified building, located at the intersection of Olentangy River Road and West Third Ave., provides more than twice the space of the previous facility in Dublin. Radiation oncology services will be available in June 2011.
“This is central Ohio’s only comprehensive breast cancer center, and the first one in the Midwest to offer the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship under one roof. Patients who come here are treated by a multidisciplinary team of oncologists whose sole focus is the study and treatment of breast cancer,” said Dr. Michael Caligiuri, director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and chief executive officer of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
The facility offers on-site access to digital mammography, diagnostic imaging, nuclear imaging, clinical trials, chemotherapy, laboratory services, nutrition services, financial services, chemotherapeutic agents, reconstructive surgery, along with social and psychological counseling. To promote cancer prevention and survivorship, the center includes a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gymnasium, along with conference rooms for classes and support groups.
Also on-site is a full-service pharmacy that dispenses experimental chemotherapeutic agents for clinical trials, along with a nuclear imaging laboratory for molecular and gene therapies.
Hope's Boutique, which provides a convenient, comfortable shopping experience for women in treatment for cancer and beyond, moved to the facility from its former location in Dublin. The shop – the only one of its kind in central Ohio – specializes in providing one-on-one dedicated care in a private setting, helping women select wigs along with a wide variety of head coverings, including scarves, hats and skull caps.
Intimate apparel, including bras and bathing suits designed specifically for prostheses, are available at Hope’s Boutique, along with other retail items. And with a large in-stock inventory, most patients can be fitted and leave the shop that day with a new wig or bra.
Based on input from patients and their families, the center was designed with the patients’ care and comfort in mind. Hospital officials worked closely with the Daimler Group, Moody-Nolan, Inc. and Andrews Architects, Inc. to design a facility that addresses the growing need for outpatient cancer care.
The center includes many respite areas for patients as well as staff, including a cafe with an outdoor patio, counseling suites, meditation room, and library and resource center. Ample free parking, soothing color schemes and pleasing art work are also featured.
“Because patients and visitors had expressed a desire to have private and semi-private waiting areas, these spaces were created to allow patients to wait with family members as they cope with difficult news or meet with their oncologists and treatment teams to discuss their care plans,” said Kris Kipp, chief clinical operating officer for OSUCCC – James.
“The close proximity to the Ohio State campus allows for researchers and scientists to work directly with clinical staff to design and conduct research studies, some of which are only found at Ohio State,” said Caligiuri. “This collaboration will help speed the translation of discoveries into treatments, which will ultimately help patients become survivors.”
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (cancer.osu.edu) is one of only 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top cancer hospitals in the nation, The James is the 205-bed adult patient-care component of the cancer program at The Ohio State University. The OSUCCC – James is one of only seven centers in the country funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials.
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