BUFFALO, NY--The cornerstone of a $241.1 million dollar major
modernization project was unveiled at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The new Diagnostic and Treatment Center and patient tower (Figure
1) feature state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, radiotherapy,
surgery, postanesthesia care, and intensive care units. The 5-year
renovation of the 25-acre campus coincides with the Institutes
"This facility has a magnificent 100-year history with a
100-year future," said New York Governor George Pataki at the
opening. Roswell Park was the first cancer center in the United
States, he said, adding that "we want Roswell Park to be not
only number one chronologically but also number one in the quality of
care for patients across New York State and the country. We are
confident that Roswell Park will be the finest in the world in the
Entering the facility, visitors are struck by the 75-foot atrium (Figure
2) and wall-sized nature photographs lining every hallway. Large
clinics ring the atrium to facilitate the anticipated annual
outpatient caseload of over 125,000 visits.
The 10-story patient tower has a capacity of 133 inpatient beds,
including intensive care and bone marrow transplantation units that
are equipped with a unique air filtering system. This air system
clears an entire floor, increasing the mobility of immunosuppressed
patients within these units.
In the fall, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute will experience a
redefining moment in its 100-year history. "There will be a new
governance agreement where we will form an alliance and network for
the delivery of health care," Governor Pataki said at the
ceremony. "The legislation will structure the hospital properly
and allow for change. The commitment of New York State to this
facility to offer world class health care will continue beyond today."
Change in Governance
The new legislation authorizes the restructuring of Roswell Park
Cancer Institute into a public benefit corporation. This is an
organization authorized by the State of New York that has some powers
of the government and some powers of a corporation.
The change in the governance of the hospital will allow Roswell Park
to enter into cooperative agreements with other hospitals and with
managed care organizations. It will also permit the Institute to
develop and market products and ser-vices, while still protecting its
employees under New York State law.
In addition to the new hospital, the entire complex has been
renovated and expanded, including the creation of a Medical Research
Center with a state-of-the-art vivarium.
The original hospital and adjoining buildings will be demolished next
year after they have been vacated. The cleared site will be developed
as a park in the center of the complex.