CDH Partners recently completed an extensive renovation of the WellStar Kennestone Cancer Support Center.
The original Cancer Center was completed in 1985. It was a three-story facility that included two linear accelerators, exam rooms, and physician offices. The building also housed infusion center for cancer treatment. The upper floor was leased space. As patient care changed, the facility went through numerous renovations and expansions. Center additions included a third Linac and a Cyberknife for radio-surgery.
In 2011, the need for a complete renovation became a high priority. With a patient centric focus and need for oncology education and newer services for patient care beyond the actual treatment, it became evident that the building needed a complete renovation.
The architectural renovation plan called for gutting the facility except the public restrooms, which were given a complete face-lift. The existing monumental staircase was replaced with a more open lobby that is a main building feature. A south facing sky window plays a prominent role in the design.
The new design includes a large resource library that is used by patients and families.
The first floor contains the Calm Water Café and an instruction demonstration kitchen that will be used to teach patients and their families how simple healthy cooking can be. There are also patient waiting areas that have kids corners.
Smaller conference rooms are available in the genetic research area. A large break room and administrative office space rounds out the second floor.
The second floor contains a retail shop for headwear and scarves along with hair loss beauty shop. An acupuncture treatment room and a prosthetics care room are also located on the second floor along with a large classroom for instructional seminars and meetings.
A chapel and research office space complete the first floor.
Private sitting areas are designed for families, who need to have comfortable spaces to sit and have conversations.