COLUMBUS, Ohio - The $9.5 million
OhioHealth Arthur G.H. Bing, MD, Cancer Center, opening November 1,
was designed for a differentiated patient experience.
The five-story center, in the
renovated Riverside Health Center at the northwest corner of the
Riverside Methodist campus on Thomas Lane, consolidates many
outpatient cancer services under one roof.
Built with input from an advisory
council of patients and family caregivers, the center features an
infusion center, meditation room, nurse navigation program, retail
boutique, art studio, café, library and education center, and an
Integrative Care Clinic.
"Our focus is to make sure we
care for the person, not just the disease," said Anna Hensley, vice
president of Oncology at Riverside Methodist. "We have tried really
hard to create a space with an atmosphere that makes patients and
their family members feel welcomed and in control. Regular meetings
with patients and family members helped us understand what they
need. Their input was significant."
The infusion center for chemotherapy
gives patients a choice of private bays equipped with televisions,
headphones, iPads and radiant heat to customize temperature
control. The Integrative Care Clinic offers nutrition counseling,
massage, acupuncture and other services. The navigation program
assigns specially-trained nurses and staff members to guide
patients through all stages of the treatment and recovery
Communication and collaboration with
patients and the community are exemplified by many initiatives,
including the relocation of the Over My Head hat and wig boutique
from Upper Arlington, and a café designed to be free of food aromas
potentially upsetting to chemotherapy patients. A courtyard and
healing garden are among its amenities.
OhioHealth Bing Cancer Center will
serve as a gateway to the most advanced treatments for more than 50
types of cancer. It has a pharmacy, clinic space, laboratory,
radiology, physician offices, meeting rooms and includes one of 14
OhioHealth Breast Health locations. It also offers genetics
counseling and access to more than 100 clinical trials. "This is
the place where people can connect to nutrition, exercise,
education, integrative care and all of our support programs and
services from the time of their diagnosis to the time they return
to their normal lives," said Jeffrey Bell, MD, medical director of
Cancer Services at Riverside Methodist. "That was the concept
behind what is truly a unique facility for this area. The warm,
inviting environment fosters feelings of hope and healing."
The building is the centerpiece of a
renewed emphasis on cancer care at OhioHealth that is enhancing and
expanding services throughout the system. Recent initiatives have
included the opening of OhioHealth Cancer Care at Delaware HealthCenter, the relocation of OhioHealth Breast Health at DublinMethodist Hospital to a 6,000 square-foot space, and the renovation
of the inpatient oncology unit at Riverside Methodist.
"We have a very large cancer
program and this center will help raise its identity and make it
easier for patients to access our services," Bell said. "The
development of this center has been the impetus for enhancing and
expanding care throughout our system."
The center is named after plastic
surgeon Arthur G.H. Bing, MD, whose $2 million gift - the largest
single physician gift commitment in the history of Riverside
Methodist - spearheaded a $6 million fundraising campaign to
support the center's programs and services.
Dr. Bing and his wife Hetty Bing,
MD, were physicians in Indonesia who immigrated in 1969 to the
United States, where Dr. Arthur Bing completed general surgery and
plastic surgery residencies at Riverside Methodist. He has been a
member of Riverside Methodist's medical staff and in private
practice since 1975.
He cited a decades-long commitment
to Riverside Methodist, where his wife was treated for colon cancer
in the early '70s, as the motivation for his gift. "Everything
important in my life happened at Riverside," he said. "It gave me
my career, cured my wife of cancer and one of our two daughters was
born there. . . . The center is beautiful and I can't believe
OhioHealth put my name on it. It represents a new era in cancer
care at Riverside and OhioHealth."