Maimonides Cancer Center in Brooklyn, NY has a strong reputation in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer related illnesses. As they saw their Women’s Breast Cancer program advancing, they determined that they needed to expand their facilities to support the needs of the Brooklyn community.
An adjacent available building provided the perfect setting to develop a new Women’s Breast Center that provides diagnostics through treatment services. The Center has 6 exam rooms, 3 consult rooms, ultrasound, and imaging capabilities. The facility is also equipped with a 3T MRI for a higher level of imaging that is one of the largest and fastest units in the city.
The focus for this new center was developed around a theme of nature to enable the facility to provide a comfortable, soothing, atmosphere that will help their patients through their treatment. It has the look and feel of a spa, but it’s a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility and is the first of its kind in Brooklyn.
The patient experience begins in a comfortable seating area with private registration stations. Patients then walk through a forest-like corridor with a lighted water feature, illuminated scenic light boxes, and natural plantings before arriving at a reception desk under a simulated tree. Depending on the nature of their visit, they are then escorted either to a private waiting room that serves the exam room and consultation room suite or to personal dressing rooms to change into gowns and secure their belonging in keyed wooden lockers. An adjacent quiet gowned waiting area allows patients to wait in a private area with floral etched glass dividers, indirect and accent lighting, and soothing music in preparation for their procedure in one of the ultrasound or mammography rooms
The Gilbert Rivera Pavilion was dedicated in November 2011. During the ceremony, Erminia Rivera, the wife of whom the facility is named in memory of her late husband, commended Maimonides for providing a beautiful and sensitive facility for women that are dealing with the illness of cancer.