Emory University breaks ground on $469m cancer treatment centre in US

WCN Editorial Team 13 Nov 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Emory University in Atlanta, US has broken ground on $469m cancer care centre, named Winship at Midtown, at Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue.

Intended to change the way cancer care is delivered to patients, the Winship at Midtown facility is located on the campus of Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Comprising 17 stories and more than 450,000ft², the new cancer care centre will feature modern radiation oncology facility and imaging modalities.

Emory president Claire Sterk said: "The new Winship at Midtown facility to be built on this site will be a visible reminder of Emory’s mission as a leading research university.

"It will remind us that innovation and compassion can come together on behalf of the greater good."

The new facility is backed by part funding from a $400m gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, with $200m dedicated to the development of a new cancer care facility in Midtown Atlanta.

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation president P Russell Hardin said: "Winship makes the best cancer care in the world available to Georgians right here at home. Winship at Midtown will allow more Georgians to receive that care in a facility uniquely designed around the patient. Mr. Woodruff would be pleased.”

In addition to housing care communities focused on patients with specific types of cancer, the new facility will comprise clinical research, infusion facilities, clinical examination rooms and spaces for rehabilitation.

The cancer care centre will also have 64 inpatient beds, 26 observation beds, as well as six operating rooms for both inpatient and outpatient procedures.

The Winship at Midtown facility is designed by New York-based architecture and structural engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and local architecture partner May Architecture + Interiors.

Emory said that the project would use almost 40% less energy annually than the average hospital in Atlanta.

Winship executive director Walter Curran, Jr said: "This state-of-the-art facility will enable Winship to further fulfill its mission of lessening the burden of cancer in Georgia.

"The design of the building aligns with 'The Winship Way,' a project that takes a fresh look at cancer care, with an eye toward better integration and streamlining of services, while delivering innovative research-based treatment and individualized care."

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Image: Officials from Emory, Winship, and Emory Healthcare as well as civic leaders during the ground-breaking ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Emory University.

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