St. Michael Medical Center campus adds 'pavilion' of providers, cancer center
SILVERDALE?— Cancer treatment on the?Kitsap Peninsula has often involved shuttling patients between Poulsbo and East Bremerton and multiple?medical buildings?that have long provided care under the system now known as Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.?
Not anymore. In the next month, a new, nearly 60,0000-square-foot cancer center will fully open at the St. Michael Medical Center Campus in Silverdale, bringing three offices?under one roof.??
"We'll be able to provide that care in one location," Pat Lystad,?St. Michael oncology director, said of the 80 or so patients the center expects to see when it opens May 10. "And the patient doesn't have to drive across town when?they're not feeling well."
That's not all. Another new building, connected by sky bridge to the cancer center, will?in a matter of weeks?take eight different medical offices and place them in a 65,000-square-foot "pavilion" of almost 60 medical providers specializing in everything?from cardiology?to urology.?
"This is a huge step toward bringing them together and giving them the room they need," according to Dr. Donna Smith, president of the Franciscan Medical Group.?
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, formerly known as CHI Franciscan and whose Bremerton roots?were long known as Harrison, is completing a move years in the making, coalescing at a campus that was once a small Silverdale center?off Ridgetop Boulevard known best for delivering babies. Today it is a one-stop-shop for medical services on the peninsula, combining a?Level 3 trauma center with hundreds of clinicians across disciplines. The campus cost $500 million to develop and build.?
Rubbing elbows with fellow doctors and health care providers in a state-of-the-art facility will be beneficial in serving and being more responsive to?patients, Smith said. Uniting vascular, thoracic and cardiology specialists in one place, for instance, will bring doctors who collaborate on cases onto the same floor in the pavilion.
?"The synergy that can happen will only help to improve patient care," Smith said.
The patient experience is different too, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health leaders say. Whether they are at the front counter or receiving cancer treatment, patients will have the Olympic Mountains in view.?"Pods" keep exam rooms and the offices of practitioners in close proximity and include?wide windows offering plenty of natural light. Art hanging on walls are?mostly pastoral scenes from around the Pacific Northwest.?And the buildings, like the wider campus, are?connected to a "healing" garden and the Clear Creek Trail.?
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The entire pavilion building sits atop a 215-parking space garage, ensconced inside cages of rock known as a Gabion wall. Its surface is?permeable enough to allow natural light in.
The medical pavilion and the cancer center also include state-of-the-art equipment that should, among other things, save patients time. Cancer patients once needed to give blood for lab work the day before appointments; the new center's in-house lab can turn out results in under a half-hour, giving doctors nearly instant results, Lystad said.?
Even hopping up on the exam table is on its way out.?Each table?in the pavilion can power itself all the way down almost to the floor —?and then back up again.