The Via Christi Cancer Institute opened its doors on Thursday, July 7, with a brand new feel and environment. Located on the seventh floor, the 40,700-square-foot Cancer Institute features a nature-inspired décor which is meant to create a calming and relaxing environment for the cancer patients.
The $9 million renovation project began in July 2010 and was completed on schedule and within budget. Some of the new features in the Cancer Institute include forty private patient rooms that span 240 square feet or larger, window shades that can be remotely controlled from the patient’s bed, and a hand-held remote to call nurse’s smart phones when patients need assistance.
The new Cancer Institute also features other new areas that are there to help promote healing of mind, body, and spirit for patients and their families. Some of these unique rooms include six bone marrow transplant rooms, an ambulatory infusion center, two radiation therapy rooms, two family rooms, a reflection room, temporary sleeping quarters, and an integrative therapy center with yoga, art, music, and massage therapy rooms.
The new Cancer Institute is one of the first major steps in plans to convert all of Via Christi’s Wichita hospitals to all private rooms by 2016. Currently, Via Chrisiti’s new Cancer Institute is the region’s only dedicated inpatient treatment facility specifically for cancer.
“Via Christi has always been dedicated to quality cancer care,” says Shaker Dakhil, medical director for Via Christi Oncology Services. “They have the best physicians and the best nursing staff and now they have the best facilities in the region for caring for patients with cancer.”