ProMedica Fremont Memorial Hospital teamed with SSOE Group to design and establish a full-service cancer center to meet the needs of the communities it serves. This new facility offers more convenient access, enhanced privacy, and improved comfort for patients. The center offers the latest protocols for medical oncology, as well as the newest technology in radiation oncology, including a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator. The design included eight chemotherapy infusion bays, dosimetry, CT simulator, new pharmacy to comply with USP 797 and USP 800 general chapters, laboratory and blood draw, four exam rooms, three nurse stations, and additional staff support spaces. Additional cancer-care services, such as genetic, dietary and family counseling, and rehabilitation services are included in the overall design of this facility.
SSOE was instrumental in aligning the hospital’s programmatic goals with the limited project construction budget, and worked through multiple design options with hospital leadership to minimize the amount of construction within the new facility. Project goals were accomplished by prioritizing necessary patient care spaces, such as linear accelerator vault, infusion bays, exam / treatment spaces, pharmacy and laboratory. Plans also included repurposing some staff areas to minimize demolition, while allowing staff to work contiguously and efficiently within these support spaces. SSOE led the design process from the onset of the project and confirmed and validated strategic and operational plans; determined budgetary and scheduling constraints; and coordinated the overall project quality with consultant engineers, and coordinated equipment layouts, requirements, and manufacturer specifications for specialized equipment. Existing conditions and capacities to projected needs to satisfy functionality, adequacy of spaces, and operational adjacencies were also compared.