Beth Israel Deaconess Scheduled to Open in Sept.

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Rendering of exterior of the new Beth Israel Deaconess – JACA Architects

Needham, MA—The new Beth Israel Deaconess – Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion building, designed by JACA Architects of Quincy, is scheduled to be completed this summer and open for patients in September 2014.

A new three-story, 30,000sf building is at the heart of Phase 2 of the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham master plan. The project includes 20,000sf of the new building for the BIDMC cancer center and a multi disciplinary clinic, 10,000sf for an expansion of the BIDN surgical department, approximately 15,000sf of renovations for the surgery department a new inpatient pharmacy and the relocation of the Glover Cafe. Additionally, there are extensive site modifications for gardens surrounding the CCSP and a 100 car two-level parking deck.


Interior – JACA Architects

In order to streamline patient treatment in the Cancer Center, the concept of “bring the treatment to patient” commonly found in emergency departments, was applied resulting in the reduction of the number of steps a patient has to take. Utilizing 3P processes, patient focus group interviews and intensive work sessions with BIDMC/BIDN staff revealed that a patient receiving both radiation and infusion therapies could have to move locations up to 60 times on their first day of treatment in a traditional cancer center model. By rethinking the caregiver workflow and optimizing the location of program elements utilizing simulation modeling analysis, the number of steps could be reduced to a maximum of 14 and as little as two for a typical patient treatment visit.

This resulted in a dedicated treatment floor containing a 10MV Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator and 10 infusion bays overlooking a healing garden. Oversized exam rooms are also included on the treatment floor to be utilized particularly for first treatment days. Exam rooms for off treatment visits, support areas and administrative functions are located on the lower level.

The new surgical suite will feature two new operating rooms and 14 pre-op and post-op recovery bays, allowing BID-Needham to nearly double its surgical capacity. The new surgical pavilion provides a direct entrance to the surgical department for daycare surgery patients and their families. One of the two operating rooms is sized and designed to accommodate orthopedic procedures requiring additional equipment and a mobile C-arm for digital imaging. Both operating rooms include state of the art booms and integration systems.

The PACU was designed to filtrate ample day lighting throughout the space. A distributed nurse station concept was used to create a central hub with distributed observation stations throughout the PACU with bays designed for both pre-op and post-op recovery.

A new inpatient pharmacy within the existing campus will utilize carousel high density storage with perpetual inventory and “pick to light” and bar code technology for dispensing and USP797 compliant custom-built clean rooms for compounding to serve the BID-Needham campus. Additional dedicated clean rooms are provided for preparing the chemotherapy and other infusion treatment drugs delivered at the cancer center.

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