SLAM Transforms Center for Cancer Care

Approach to entry canopy overshadowed by the Mondrian exterior glazing pattern / David Revette Photography

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown has recently opened the new $16 million Walker Center for Cancer Care designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) of Glastonbury, Conn., and constructed by Purcell Construction.

The 17,000sf facility brings Medical Oncology Infusion and 

Radiation Oncology together, consolidating all practices within a centralized location that offers a state-of-the-art, comprehensive, and coordinated multidisciplinary cancer care program to better serve north country New York cancer patients closer to home.

The facility’s Mondrian exterior glazing pattern affords abundant natural light; easy and convenient accessibility to staff and support services; and a calm, healing environment.

 Lobby entrance of the Walker Center for Cancer Care at Samaritan Medical Center / David Revette Photography

The lobby’s wood finishes and uplifting graphics create comfort for new and returning patients, surrounded by a fireplace seating area, education area, internet cafe, boutique, as well as family consult rooms and medical education board room for hosting meetings, trainings, and educational seminars.

A covered drive-up entrance receives patients, and dedicated onsite parking offers privacy and convenience during their visit.

The infusion suite is separated into two wings on the second floor and offers additional privacy with views of the private rooftop healing garden and wind sculptures.

In addition to the primary spaces, the center includes its own 797 pharmacy and laboratory. The facility features the latest radiation technology available, a Varian TrueBeam® linear accelerator offers targeted treatment with enhanced speed and accuracy.

“We are thrilled to deliver on the center’s wish for a design that evokes a strong sense of hope for patients, family members, and staff,” says David Neal, AIA, principal-in-charge on the project. “The advanced technology complemented by a comforting environment will have a positive impact on the delivery of care and treatment outcomes in the region.”