A self-review of its physical plant after the incidence of cancer cases jumped 20 percent between 2014 and 2016 led Sarasota Memorial Hospital, already one of the top cancer programs in the nation, to add to its inventory of space devoted to oncology care services. Accordingly, design is under way of two separate structures, a $193 million surgical tower on the hospital’s main campus and a $27 million radiation oncology center 10 miles away.
The 170,000-square-foot, seven-story inpatient and surgical oncology tower is a patient-centered facility with its own parking and entrance, dedicated lobby and registration area. Its primary spaces are cancer support services, eight new operating rooms that include dedicated robotic surgery suites, and private rooms for hospitalized cancer patients on two upper floors. The tower connects to the main hospital on multiple levels, ensuring critical access to other clinical and emergency care services. The 25,000-square-foot outpatient radiation oncology center, located on the health system's University Parkway/Honore campus, includes two linear accelerators, a CT simulator for radiation therapy, physician offices and integrative/supportive care services.
The hospital board's commitment to excellence extends its investment in facilities beyond its recently completed campus improvement project. The new Cancer Institute will serve as a center of excellence by concentrating fellowship-trained oncology specialists and subspecialists, and offering individual patients a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment.