More about the planned clinic expansion
|The expansion will make room for the 400 pediatric cancer patients treated at UC Davis Medical Center each year. The pediatric cancer program is currently housed in other buildings on the medical center campus.|
California's population is growing — and getting older. Both trends mean increased demand for cancer services.
To meet this demand, UC Davis Cancer Center's Capital and Endowment Initiative seeks to raise $20 million toward a $35-million, three-story addition to the existing Cancer Center. Construction, expected to take two years, will begin as soon as fundraising is completed. The remaining $15 million cost will be covered by UC Davis Health System reserves.
The expansion will make room for the pediatric cancer program, now located in other buildings on the medical center campus. The project will also expand space for the adult clinic and infusion center, pharmacies, clinical laboratory, and resource center.
"There is an urgent need to complete this project because the existing Cancer Center cannot support the increased numbers of patients who seek care here," said Jeanine Stiles, associate director for administration at the Cancer Center.
Outpatient visits at UC Davis Cancer Center have grown by 50 percent over the past five years. Growth is projected to continue to increase by at least 6 percent a year through 2009.
The planned 46,000-square-foot addition will go up along the north side of the existing 63,000-square-foot building. The two structures will be connected by a second-floor bridge, with a common courtyard below. The expansion project will also remodel about 9,000 square feet of the existing Cancer Center.
The many commitments to the initiative include:
• $5 million from the Oakland-based Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation
• $1 million from Susie Mathews, a Sacramento businesswoman, in honor of her late husband, Robert, who died of prostate cancer in 1987
• $100,000 from Burt Douglass, a grateful patient
• $50,000 from the Keaton Raphael Memorial, to name the indoor play area in memory of Keaton, a 5-year-old Roseville, Calif., boy who died of neuroblastoma eight years ago
• $15,000 from John and Mary Arnaudo of Ripon, Calif., to name a consultation room in honor of their 9-year-old-daughter, Francesca, who recently completed treatment for her second form of cancer.
Among the project's features:
- A new Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic with six exam rooms, one consult room, reception and waiting areas, and indoor and outdoor play spaces
- A new Pediatric Infusion Clinic with 11 infusion stations and two isolation rooms
- An expanded Adult Hematology and Oncology Clinic with 18 exam and procedure rooms and two consult rooms
- An expanded Adult Infusion Clinic with 26 infusion stations, two private infusion rooms, two isolation rooms, and a more spacious patient waiting area, a 1,350-square-foot infusion pharmacy, 1,995-square-foot clinical laboratory and 1,810-square-foot outpatient pharmacy
- Expanded administrative and shared common areas