BALTIMOREJohns Hopkins Medicine has dedicated a new $125
million home for its comprehensive clinical cancer services. A decade
in the planning, the half-million square foot Harry and Jeanette
Weinberg Building is the largest structure on the East Baltimore
medical campus. It was designed from the ground up to meet the
complex and exacting specifications of cancer specialists and their
patients, Johns Hopkins said in a press release.
Maryland Governor Parris Glendening delivered keynote remarks at the
dedication ceremony October 25 in the Weinberg Buildings
ultramodern three-story skylight lobby. The building will be open for
patients in January 2000.
Its a testament to the swift emergence of novel and
better treatments that Hopkins needed to plan for this new center to
open just 23 years after it dedicated its first state-of-the-art
cancer facility in 1976, said Martin D. Abeloff, MD, professor
of oncology and director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer
Center. By combining all of our clinical services in one
location, we can bring every level of specialized care to patients in
one place, along with equal concern for comfort and efficiency.
Occupying a 2.3-acre site at the northeast corner of Broadway and
Orleans Street, the brick-faced Weinberg
Building was constructed to blend with Hopkins historic
buildings. A glass-enclosed walkway
and tunnels connect the building to the main hospital.
The front of the new building faces on Broadway, directly across from
the almost completed companion structure, the Bunting Blaustein
Cancer Research Building, which will be dedicated this month.
The State of Maryland provided funding for both the Weinberg Building
and the Bunting Blaustein Building. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg
Foundation donated $20 million in 1995 to support construction of the
new cancer center. The Bunting family and the family of Jacob and
Hilda Blaustein each donated $10 million for the new research facility.
The Weinberg Building will be home to approximately 1,500 employees
serving 400 patients a day. There are five floors above ground, which
include an expansive outpatient treatment pavilion, self-contained
laboratories and blood product supply facilities, high-tech radiation
oncology facilities, rooms with special air filters, 16 operating
suites, 20 intensive care beds, 62 medical inpatient beds exclusively
for cancer patients, a pharmacy, and other support services.The three
underground floors include patient and visitor parking.
The Weinberg patient pavilions are designed in pods of up to 18 beds
each that incorporate a central work area. The floor plan minimizes
the distance staff must travel while on duty, and places medications
and other supplies close to each bed. Pneumatic tube systems
transport blood products and specimens to every clinical area.
A special feature of the postsurgical ICU is that all levels of care
are on the same unit, and are all delivered by the same team.
No Overhead Paging
To ensure a quiet environment, overhead paging has been eliminated.
Instead, nurses weare infrared badges that allow them to be tracked
by the unit clerk and silently beeped when they are needed.
The interior design team chose warm and inviting colors such as gold,
tan, and deep purple. The waiting areas were designed to resemble a
home setting. Instead of institutional type chairs lined up in a row,
the waiting areas include a mixture of stuffed chairs and love seats,
with partitions that create small, private sitting areas.
When patients arrive for an appointment at the new Cancer Center,
they register by scanning a Smart Card through an
ATM-like computer station. This new registration system automatically
checks in and tracks patients from appointment to appointment.