ZGF worked with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to develop new cancer-care delivery protocols through the innovation of a new style of clinic. The new 7,745 SF Brooklyn Infusion Center (BIC) is the first prototype to bring infusion into MSKCC patient communities. The project allows the client to explore the effectiveness, efficiency, and acceptance of a streamlined care model, in which patients receive their chemotherapy at a neighborhood site in Brooklyn and the balance of their care in Manhattan. The Center is designed to deliver efficient, leading-edge care in a non-institutional, welcoming, and healing environment, and balances a sense of community with private space. Patient-centered amenities include the ability to leave personal belongings between visits, and a variety of social spaces, such as an indoor garden with conversation areas, a library, and a communal “farm table” area where people can gather for shared activities. A Flex Treatment Room allows for alternative health treatments, such as yoga and meditation; telemedicine is available to enable patients to communicate with their off-site caregivers; and complimentary therapies, such as acupressure, Reiki massage, and relaxation techniques are available, so that each patient can be treated in a comprehensive and personalized way. The BIC follows the MSKCC Facility Standards for environmentally responsible materials and specifications, including the use of zero-VOC paints, high-efficiency plumbing, and high-performance lighting.

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