IU Simon Cancer Center
The IU Simon Cancer Center’s patient care building, which opened in August 2008, provides a serene natural environment, easily navigated by patient and families and uniquely functional for a seamless continuum of patient services. It brings together all adult cancer and related services into one program.
Many months before the cancer center’s ground-breaking, focus teams collected the thoughts and desires of patients and caregivers specific to cancer care. Key inspirations gleaned from those discussions identified the power of nature as an affirmation of life, where light inspires hope and meditative space brings peace and nurturing.
Maregatti Interiors translated those inspirations into the building’s design, bringing harmony to the healing process through a color palette reflecting the natural elements of earth, sky, wood, metal, and water. Two tones of wood -- teak and anigre -- are repeated through the building as is the Indiana limestone cladding the building’s exterior.
Upon entering the building, a 25-foot-high bamboo grove flanks the major passageway in the facility, reaching high enough to embrace a floating visitors’ walk above. Rotating art or displays – from a carved metal mosaic to a small sitting niche -- keep the interior fresh, even for frequent or returning visitors. Healing gardens punctuating the grounds and terraces of the IU Simon Cancer Center provide a blend of the outdoors with the indoors.
Many amenities in the new building complement the interior architecture. Valet parking assists guests upon their arrival. Easy access is available from the main lobby to gift and sundries shopping and a retail pharmacy. A public café offers healthy food choices for both the patient and the public.
Balancing the interactive public areas are various intimate private spaces for professional consultation or personal reflection. Infusion areas for outpatient chemotherapy feature various comfort details, including fireplaces, expansive windows, and privacy screens. Highlighting the inpatient floor are such provisions as a family laundry room, family shower room, and children’s play area. All inpatient rooms have boutique hotel sensibility with roomy private bathrooms, clothing cabinetry, small refrigerators, and display shelves perfect for photos of loved ones or other inspirational items.
IU Simon Cancer Center bring harmony to healing as part of its full, holistic spectrum of patient care services – from prevention through diagnosis and follow up. Other facility highlights include:
- 80 bed capacity
- 50-chair infusion area
- Three floors for immediate and future outpatient clinics
- Renovation of two existing clinics
- 15 operating rooms
- expanded radiation oncology, radiology and imaging
- patient/family education resource center
- Chapel and quiet rooms