Legacy Cancer Institute Unveils “Environment of Care”

$3 million investment provides critical upgrades to inpatient Cancer Care Unit

Portland, Ore. (December 14, 2012) — Legacy Cancer Institute announced today it will unveil its completely renovated Cancer Care Unit at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center on Monday, December 17, 2012 at a “Blessing, Tour, and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony”. The 8,360 square foot inpatient 6-SW Cancer Care Unit will feature many critical upgrades, including all new private patient rooms and other aesthetic and technological amenities that are designed to provide a more comforting, healing environment for patients and their families. The unit will open to patients on December 23, 2012.

The remodel, known as the “Environment of Care Project” is a $3 million investment made by Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center with over $1.2 Million made possible by generous donors of the Good Samaritan Foundation.

“This renovation will surround our patients with the comfort and tranquility they need to focus on healing and provide staff with necessary technology upgrades to deliver the best care possible,” Nathalie Johnson, MD, Medical Director of Legacy Cancer Institute and Legacy Breast Health Centers. “From the private rooms with sleeping accommodations for family members to the electronic charting stations for caregivers, every aspect of the renovation takes into account the needs of patients who are at some of the most critical points in their battle with cancer. We thank the selfless donors and the Good Samaritan Foundation for making this unit a reality for our patients, families, and staff.”

Other key elements of the remodel include private patient rooms complete with sleeping accommodations so that a patient’s family member can comfortably spend the night; electronic charting stations for nurses and physicians in each private patient room so records can be updated in real-time while maintaining face-to-face communication; flat panel television sets, improved lighting, and built-in cabinets for patients’ personal items; and a new soothing palette of colors, textures, and design elements that will provide a comforting, healing environment for patients and their families. Studies show that peaceful and aesthetically pleasing hospital interior designs lower mortality rates, reduce the need for pain medication and promote shorter hospital stays for patients.

“The technological and design upgrades made to our Cancer Care Unit take all of our patients’ needs into account—both large and small,” said Tony Melaragno, MD, Chief Administrative Officer of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. “The comfort of our patients and their families is critical to us here at Legacy Good Samaritan. The numerous upgrades made during this renovation will allow the environment in which our patients heal to reflect the same top-notch care they already receive. I look forward to witnessing patients and staff reap the benefits of this new ‘Environment of Care’ and I thank the Good Samaritan Foundation for making it a priority.”

Legacy Health ranks in the nation's top six percent of cancer programs, according to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer. The Commission also awarded Legacy's cancer program its 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award, the only health system in Oregon to achieve this honor. Legacy Cancer Institute was the first in the United States to receive Network Cancer Program accreditation from the ACS Commission on Cancer, and it is still the only accredited network cancer program in Oregon.