Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center opened a six story 150,000 square foot extension of the South Lake Union Clinic beginning in March 2023 that allows us to expand existing outpatient clinic services with exciting innovations in how patient care is delivered. It also allows us to continue expanding services that we offer to the community.
The building design includes three new floors that support our “care neighborhood” concept. Each care neighborhood consists of about 10 “flex rooms” that are used for most patient care, including drawing labs, having clinic visits, education visits and treatments. This design aims to reduce the overall time a patient may spend in the building. Additionally, the fifth floor features expanded and improved procedure and post-op rooms where patients can recover from port placement, biopsies and other outpatient procedures.
The intent was to create a building that fit into the Fred Hutch campus ‘theme’, but that was also immediately obvious to patients as being the clinic. The project leveraged an “Integrated Facilities Design” process where a diverse team of end-users – including patients – created the basic footprints of the space and designed the clinics from their perspectives and needs.