After moving from its previous location on Unit 34 and being temporarily housed on Unit 46 (Gynecology), GBMC's Joseph S. Keelty Oncology Unit (45) opened the doors of its new home on January 6, 2008. The renovated space is reflective of the type of care that GBMC offers its patients - comprehensive oncology treatment options along with a welcoming, comfortable, healing atmosphere for patients and their visitors.
For utmost comfort, patient rooms have been equipped with new beds, over-bed tables, as well as reclining chairs to help patients get out of bed. The family waiting area offers a place for patient relatives to relax, snack, use the telephone and meet with family or clinical staff. Additionally, this unit now features six oversized rooms for extended-stay patients or those with large families, double the number it had available on the former unit location. Each of the six oversized rooms contains a sleep chair for the comfort of a family member who wishes to stay overnight. New original watercolor paintings done by a local artist, Diane Gibson, adorn the walls of the hallways and patient rooms, lending a calming and more healing environment to cancer care.
Although we can't provide all the comforts of home, our goal is to give the highest quality compassionate care in the most soothing environment possible.
The new unit also includes a larger, dedicated infusion therapy room that accommodates up to four patients. Used when the unit is functioning at maximum capacity, the infusion room helps to alleviate backups that may occur due to patient overflow. Care was taken to ensure that the new location remained easily accessible for patient transport to Radiation Oncology and for visitors arriving during weekend hours.
For more information about GBMC's Inpatient Oncology Unit, call 443-849-2360.