Future of Cancer Care
Investing in the Future of Cancer Care at GBMC
For GBMC's Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute, the future is all about program growth and development. Brian McCagh, Executive Director of the Cancer Institute, sees the blueprint for the future as "making a major investment not only in outpatient space and sophisticated technology, but also in the people, resources, programs and service excellence that make us stand out as the top community hospital-based cancer program in the state."
"Our focus is on the next five to 10 years," explains Gary Cohen, MD, Medical Director of the Cancer Institute. "From a clinical standpoint, we realize the importance of investing in top oncology talent and leadership now so that we'll continue to meet the ever-growing cancer care needs of the community well into the future."
In addition to recruiting top talent in the field, investing in expanded and renovated outpatient facilities and new technology, as well as programmatic development like tumor-site specific centers and enhanced survivorship and support programs, is a top priority. And, states Mr. McCagh, a continued emphasis on service excellence and providing patients with all of the resources needed throughout their cancer journey will certainly keep GBMC's Cancer Institute well-positioned in the Baltimore region.
The blueprint for growth in all areas of oncology includes:
- Recruiting new, renowned medical oncologists, specialists and surgeons who will lead the program into the next decade and beyond
- Expanding and renovating facilities for outpatient programs and services throughout Physicians Pavilion West
- Adding six more chairs in the Infusion Center to treat an increasing number of patients
- Relocating the pharmacy, which will be dedicated to chemotherapy, adjacent to the Infusion Center
- Adding two new physician offices and up to eight new exam rooms in the Medical Oncology Center to accommodate and sustain the burgeoning medical oncology practice
- Enhancing Radiation Oncology with the renovation of a third vault, as well as a new $3.7 million Rapid Arc linear accelerator that would make GBMC one of the first in the Baltimore market with such advanced technology
The Future is Now
If the expansion of the Milton J. Dance Head and Neck Center and Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgery at GBMC is any indication of what the future holds for oncology services, things are sure looking good. Completed in October 2008, the Dance Center increased in size from 3,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet in Physicians Pavilion West and features new, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in a healing environment.
Additionally, Oncology Support Services' new, modern space in the West Pavilion has enabled the team to expand support programs for adults as well as adolescents, including the development of a survivorship program.
This is just the beginning, concludes Mr. McCagh. "What it all comes down to is this - being forward thinking and doing the right things right while turning dreams into reality."