Moffitt Breaks Ground On New McKinley Facility
State-Of-The-Art Ambulatory Surgical Center And New Jobs Are Planned
“Moffitt has experienced tremendous growth, and to continue to meet the needs of our patients, Moffitt needs to expand,” says Vicki Caraway, RN, BSN, MBA, administrative director of Moffitt’s new McKinley campus situated on an almost 30-acre site on North Malcolm McKinley Drive about a mile from Moffitt Cancer Center’s main location in north Tampa on the University of South Florida campus.
While the bulldozers have just moved in and the seven-story, 1300-car parking garage is under construction, Moffitt’s McKinley campus has existed in drawings and on computer screens for some time as the project moved through its three-stage planning and development phases. Now, it is coming to life, with the patient as the foremost consideration, says Caraway.
The six-story, $88-million building, with 207,000 square feet of space, is slated to open in fall 2015, says Caraway who, since she was appointed administrative director in April 2013, has been working with the construction team to guide the project through several development phases that have included input from the Moffitt patient and family advisors, as well as the administrative and clinical end-users.
“We have a clear vision for the McKinley campus,” explains Caraway, a long-time Moffitt employee who has held many positions, from nursing to administration. “Part of the vision is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer by providing expedited surgical services. But we are also expanding clinical space and providing additional space for radiology services, infusion services and other support services that will allow us to expand at the main campus and continue to support Moffitt’s mission.”
The plans are in, and we have broken ground to prepare the site for construction. The first floor, explains Caraway, will feature a central registration area, a retail pharmacy, food services, radiology services, blood draw services and a concierge desk, as well as a patient library and arts and medicine center. Caraway says that above all, we want the patient to feel welcomed.
“I am a big advocate of ‘wayfinding,’” says Caraway, who is working with the design team and facilities and construction to design a wayfinding system that is both patient-focused and intuitive.
“The second floor will be devoted to ambulatory surgery and sterile processing,” says Caraway. “Our goal is to expedite surgical services by relocating the ambulatory surgeries to the McKinley campus, thereby creating greater capacity at Moffitt’s main campus for in-patient surgeries. To aid patients leaving the ambulatory surgery floor, there will be an elevator from the second floor down to the ground floor to a dedicated covered drive-up area where family members can pick them up.
The third floor, says Caraway, will be the new location of the breast clinic, breast imaging services and Moffitt Screening and Prevention. The fourth floor will be home to the cutaneous clinic and the faculty offices for that service. The fifth floor will feature infusion rooms, a clinical research unit, a pharmacy to support infusion services and administrative and faculty offices. The sixth floor will initially stand empty as “shell space” but will serve as an area into which the new building’s services can expand as needed.
One architectural and functional feature of the building literally will stand out.
“The front of the building will include a wide canopy that will extend off the second floor,” explains Caraway. “It will provide a sheltered area for patient drop-off and pick-up that will include lift devices for a patient who may have difficulty getting in or out of a car.” However, within the canopy - as an extension of the second floor - will be offices, an “upscale” retail space that will offer special bras and wigs for patients and a multipurpose room, among other patient amenities.
The Moffitt expansion to the McKinley campus is not only good for patients and Moffitt staff, but also good for the community, adds Caraway. Before the doors open, new jobs will need to be filled. “The staff at the McKinley site will number around 300 people,” she says. “Some of them will be moving over from the original campus, but expanded services here mean new jobs for people in the community.”
Caraway expects that jobs in nursing, medical records, blood draw, administration, security, radiology, infusion, environmental services and even clinical research will become available before the doors open.
“Everything is on track,” says Caraway, as she looks over the site where the finished building will stand, even as the sound of the parking garage’s construction rattles beyond. “We needed to decompress the original campus. If we can’t grow, we can’t take on new patients; if we can’t grow we can’t do new research. If we can’t do new research we can’t find a cure.”