A vision for healthcare on Cape Cod
Big changes are coming to Cape Cod Hospital. The Sept. 23 groundbreaking of a six-story patient care tower is the start of a $180 million project that will improve care, especially for cancer and cardiovascular patients.
The new project also includes a new electronic medical system for the entire healthcare system, which will more fully integrate care and improve the patient experience.
“The quality of the clinical and support staff at Cape Cod Healthcare is second to none, but as technology advances and inpatient needs grow more intense, it is critical that we update our facilities and our ability to communicate with primary care and specialty care physicians in the community,” said Michael Lauf, president and CEO of CCHC.
“With these investments, we are not only updating to meet the best practices of today, we are creating capacity for the future.”
In addition to a new main entrance and welcome space, the lower two floors of the new tower will be devoted to cancer treatment. The third floor will house expanded ICU service. The fourth floor will be dedicated to cardiovascular care. The fifth floor is being reserved for future use, and the sixth floor will provide space for educational gatherings and the building’s mechanical systems.
The first phase of construction, underground utility work, will be completed next summer. Exterior and interior construction of the tower will begin next summer and continue through the fall of 2022.
Katie Michaud, executive director for cancer services, was involved in the planning for the cancer floors from the beginning, a process that also included providers, as well as patients, volunteers and staff.
“We asked ourselves, what is important to us as a defined cancer center? What is going to serve our patients in our community the best?” she said. “We came up with a set of design principles to guide our decision-making as we got into the nitty-gritty details of what should go where and what should specifically be included as part of the new cancer center space.”
The new cancer center will include an expanded oncology pharmacy and two linear accelerators for radiation treatment; one will be new and one was installed in the existing cancer center last year.
The medical oncology infusion service (chemotherapy) will expand from 19 to 36 bays, with space for future growth. An exterior roof garden will give cancer patients and their families a place to relax, reflect and focus on healing. Both floors will have private spaces for patients and family.
“The cancer center within the new tower will be a beacon of hope and assurance for people living with cancer in our communities,” said Michaud. “
“We have great staff, providers and volunteers here already and they are poised to grow and enhance the care and service that we provide. A new and state-of-the-art space together with our Dana-Farber Cancer Institute collaboration are huge boosts in our efforts to provide the very best care and service that we can right here locally.”
The third floor will house the hospital’s critical care service, including 28 intensive care and cardiovascular ICU beds.
The new tower’s fourth floor will be the location for a state-of-the-art facility to serve cardiovascular patients. Floor 4 will have 36 medical/surgical beds and a family waiting area and lounge. By relocating cardiovascular service beds to the new tower, the existing CVS beds in the North 3 and North 3A units will be available for patient overflow, which is particularly needed during peak periods of respiratory illnesses and influenza.
By relocating some treatment centers to the new tower, the hospital will be able to expand some services in the existing building. This will include the addition of two new state-of-the-art operating rooms and improved support spaces.
Learn more about the new patient medical tower.