Harbor Hospital's $2.2 million addition to consolidate outpatient cancer services Patients now must go to various sites

November 17, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

Harbor Hospital Center is building a $2.2 million addition to house all its outpatient cancer services under one roof. It is to be completed by summer.

Now, patients seeking cancer treatment must go to the first or third floor of the hospital in South Baltimore for laboratory work, then to the sixth floor for chemotherapy treatment or to visit doctors in their offices, said Linda Yergey, a clinical oncology nurse.

When the addition is completed, patients will be able to get all of those services in one place, she said.

Bruce Whitaker, oncology ad- ministrator, called the center "a giant step forward in terms of improving our cancer services here, and I think it will be well received by the community and physicians."

The addition is part of an effort begun last year to make the hospital easier for patients to use, said Chad Dillard, a spokesman for the hospital, which draws about 40 percent of its patients from northern Anne Arundel County.

The outpatient center is an outgrowth of the hospital's renovated inpatient cancer unit, which opened this summer on the fourth floor on the north side of the hospital, Dillard said.

The outpatient center, a 12,000-square-foot, one-story brick building, will be attached to the Gruehn Building on the hospital's campus on Hanover Street.

It will have a separate parking lot for cancer patients and a small cul-de-sac where patients can be dropped off.

Shade Construction Co. of Baltimore is the contractor.

The outpatient center will include 13 chemotherapy stations overlooking the Patapsco River, three full-day treatment rooms for chemotherapy, a pharmacy, a patient library, a conference room where cancer support groups and doctors can meet and office space for hospital staff members.

The river views will be "a diversion for patients to be able to look out on while they are receiving their treatments," Yergey said.

About 12 percent of the hospital's $100 million in annual inpatient revenue comes from treating cancer patients, hospital officials said.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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