Cancer Center Debuts New Space

August 27, 2010 | Dagny Stuart

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has unveiled its newly expanded waiting area and additional clinic examination rooms for cancer patients and their families.

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Patients and donors helped design the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s newly expanded clinic lobby, waiting areas and additional examination rooms.

The new, 10,000-square-foot space is located on the first floor of The Vanderbilt Clinic, across from the existing Cancer Center reception area.

Patients and donors provided input on the space design, which has the look and feel of a hotel lobby, with soft carpet, warm wood accents and skylights for natural light.

The family resource center, which provides educational materials and a small area with a computer, is now conveniently located in the new waiting area to accommodate the needs of patients.

Perhaps best of all, patients now have direct access to the clinic and will no longer have to walk a long distance to receive care.

“Our goal is to increase patient satisfaction, and we have strived to do that in every aspect of the upgraded space,” said Carol Eck, administrative director of the Cancer Patient Care Center.

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The new space is on the first floor of TVC, across from the Cancer Center’s existing reception area.

“We wanted to increase the use of the amenities in the clinic and make sure everything is easily accessible to enhance the experience for our patients,” said Eck.

There are eight additional exams rooms housed in the clinic, a consultation room and support offices.

The expansion was made possible through donations from private donors along with financial support from the University.

This is the latest element in a multi-year expansion of the cancer clinic.

Last year, VICC opened a new Chemotherapy Infusion Clinic with nearly twice the number of patient chairs, in addition to a new reception area and laboratory test space.

Photos by Mary Donaldson

2 Comments

  1. Please send me the latest update on using microwave ovens which could cause cnacer.

    Thank you very much for responding.

    MaryLou Ryan

    Comment by MaryLou Ryan — September 29, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

  2. MaryLou, I hope this information helps. It is from the American Cancer Society’s website. You might also check the National Cancer Institute website at http://www.cancer.gov

    In a nutshell, this information suggests that microwave ovens pose little to no risk of cancer:

    http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/OtherCarcinogens/MedicalTreatments/radiation-exposure-and-cancer

    Comment by Cynthia Manley — October 1, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

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