The Clinical Care Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) in Hartford, Connecticut, opened in 1996 and was originally designed to treat 35 children with a new cancer diagnosis each year, in addition to those children requiring extended treatment and follow-up care. Since that time, the number of new diagnoses has doubled and the number of children in extended treatment has risen to over 300. This increase created an urgent need not only for more space, but a better flow so patients do not have to travel through public areas for treatment or testing.
The upgraded Clinical Care Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is 11,000 square feet of renovated space on the fifth floor of the existing hospital and consists of 7 exam rooms, 4 private infusion rooms, 4 private day treatment hospital rooms and an on-site blood lab. The Care Center will improve the experience for patients by providing private spaces and consultation rooms large enough to accommodate families and areas for respite and play. Lean Healthcare principles were applied in the design of this facility to ensure patient safety while streamlining workflow for staff.