The Cancer Center at Atlanta Medical Center, opened in May 2005. The Cancer Centeris located on Parkway Drive across from Atlanta Medical Center's main hospital campus.
"This cancer center is an investment in and commitment to the community in our war against cancer, the second leading killer in Georgia," said William T. Moore, chief executive officer at Atlanta Medical Center. "Our Cancer Center is special -- cancer screenings, diagnoses and oncology treatments are consolidated and coordinated in one building, providing much needed ease and access for patients and their families."
The new Cancer Cener at Atlanta Medical Center is designed to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The interior environment is meant to reflect the patterns, textures and warmth of nature through design, form and color.
"When anyone walks into our Cancer PCenter I want them to know this cancer center has been designed with the patient in mind," says Adriene Kinnaird, director of cancer services for Atlanta Medical Center.
"This is not a typical approach to cancer treatment," says Dr. Michael Smith, medical director of oncology for Atlanta Medical Center. "Patients typically have to go to several specialists at many different locations when they're going through treatment. Our new flex clinic removes this inconvenience by centering the physicians who are involved in care around the patients."
The flex clinic focuses on a different type of cancer diagnosis and treatment each day. Physicians form a confidential web-based patient record which continually updates the patient's test results and condition.
Outpatient Cancer Services Now Under One Roof
The first floor of the new Cancer Center includes radiation therapy services, mammography as well as other outpatient services. A patient resource library and a lounge area also are included.
The first floor has a 150-seat multipurpose auditorium, which hosts support group, screenings and lectures. The auditorium was named after A. Hamblin Letton, M.D., a retired physician who was influential in the passage of the National Cancer Act in 1971-1972 when he served as president of the American Cancer Society. Letton declined an offer by President Nixon to be the Surgeon General because he dedicated his career to the fight against cancer.
The second floor houses infusion therapy, several physician offices, administrative offices and the flex clinic. The flex clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic that gathers all the physicians needed for treating cancer in one place, allowing patients to see all their physicians at one time. The clinic also is used for cancer screenings that may require more intensive lab work or examination.
The third floor will eventually be finished out as physician office space.
The fourth floor houses a community area, dining/kitchen area as well as a medi-spa. This spa specializes in services for individuals being treated for cancer and is open to the public.
To view a slide show of our new Cancer Center, click here.