The Gilbert Rivera Pavilion – Maimonides Cancer Center

Brooklyn’s first and only dedicated breast cancer center is eco-friendly featureing the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment in a serene, life-affirming environment, complete with a spa-like décor, interior landscaping, and a waterfall.

March 10, 2018

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Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn’s first and only dedicated breast cancer center is eco-friendly featureing the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment in a serene, life-affirming environment, complete with a spa-like décor, interior landscaping, and a waterfall. 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 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.

In 2013, it was the recipient of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Community Health Award, honoring projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and economy.

Since its opening the center performed the first human heart transplant in the United States — the world’s second.  It developed the first commercial pacemaker. It conducted the first fine-needle aspiration biopsy in the country, eliminating the need for surgery and hospitalization.  It was the first American hospital to use robotic surgery on kids.  It was the first “day” hospital — one providing services on a regular daytime basis for specific sufferers — to offer outpatient chemotherapy.

“The facility is designed to support each patient as a whole person, integrating the healing of the body with the mind and spirit.”

Pamela Brier the hospital’s president and chief operating officer interview with The Villager’s Shavana Abruzzo in the article “Maimonides Breast Cancer Center pioneered treatment in New York” 10/3/2014. February 11, 2018


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