Cancer care at Berlin gets a facelift
Cancer care at ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin recently completed a $80,000 remodeling project, creating comfortable surroundings and improving patient flow.
Funded by ThedaCare Family of Foundations-Berlin, the project included updating wall coverings, adding new furniture, updating equipment and changing the area’s layout to separate exam rooms from the treatment area.
“More than a year ago, we started talking with patients and employees about how we could make improvements to our space and we came away with a bunch of ideas,” said Keith Novenski, project lead with ThedaCare Cancer Care.
“For example, we reconfigured the space so one side is dedicated to office visits while the other side focuses on treatment. In the middle, there is office space so staff members can easily access both areas,” he added. “The separate spaces also provide more privacy to patients receiving treatments.”
Making the cancer area more comfortable to patients was a top objective on the project, said Shelly Clark, a member of the ThedaCare Family of Foundations-Berlin Board of Directors and an IT leader at 1st National Bank in Berlin.
“As a cancer survivor myself, I believe anything we can do to help make a patient’s experience more comfortable is very important,” she said. “The equipment and furniture in the area was dated and worn. Oncology patients often spend hours in the treatment area and the ability to provide comfort and the ability to relax during a treatment makes the experience more tolerable and makes a positive difference.”