Offering State-of-the-Art Cancer Care

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, is bringing its state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care to the Coral Gables campus. Its sixth satellite facility will be a core component of The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, which opens in December.

“We will offer the same exceptional level of multidisciplinary care that we provide at our main center,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “As one of 11 members of the nationwide Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers, we are committed to delivering leading-edge diagnostic and treatment services, including clinical research, at our new location.”

Sylvester physicians will provide a wide range of patient services at the new ambulatory care Lennar Center, whose ground-floor diagnostic imaging facility features sophisticated scanning technology. Radiation oncology services, including an advanced linear accelerator and a CT simulator used to plan radiation treatments, will also be located on that floor. There is a separate entrance to the radiation oncology area for the convenience of patients who typically receive a series of relatively brief radiation treatments.

The Lennar Center’s second floor is dedicated to ambulatory surgery care for a wide range of conditions, including cancer.

“We will have six general operating rooms, two rooms for special procedures and three GI/endoscopy suites,” said Ben Riestra, chief administrative officer. “All our operating rooms are designed for patient safety and the support of our surgical teams.”

The entire fourth floor of the center is dedicated to Sylvester services, including a Comprehensive Treatment Unit for chemotherapy infusion services; a Breast Health Center with comprehensive imaging and biopsy technology; a Men’s Health Center with specialists in prostate and urological cancers; a head and neck cancer center; 36 examination rooms; a pharmacy; and a pathology laboratory dedicated to oncology patients. Support services, such as acupuncture, massage and social work, will also be located on the floor.

“Sylvester’s deep commitment to patient privacy, dignity and compassionate care is reflected in the design of our Comprehensive Treatment Unit,” Nimer said. The unit will have 24 spacious treatment pods on the north side of the building with large windows overlooking the Coral Gables campus, as well as television screens and other amenities. The pods have two sliding glass doors – one for patients and family members, and the other for nurses and physicians. “We piloted this approach at our Plantation center, and the patients loved it,” said Nimer.

“One of the reasons for Sylvester’s outstanding patient outcomes is our focus on delivering multidisciplinary care in one facility,” Nimer said. The Lennar Foundation Medical Center “is an ideal setting for our teams of experts to consult with each other, while making it easy for patients to receive different types of diagnostic and treatment services at the same location.”

Clinical leaders will include Nipun Merchant, M.D., professor of surgery; Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D., professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology; and Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., Chair of the Department of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery.

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center is a five-story, 206,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment center located at Ponce de Leon and Dickinson just south of the BankUnited Center. In addition to outpatient surgery services and Sylvester, the new center will be home to the University of Miami Health System Sports Medicine Institute and a Bascom Palmer Eye Institute satellite location, as well as medical offices, a café offering healthy fare, free parking and a host of patient- and family-friendly amenities. While the facility can provide care and 23-hour observation as needed, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for patients and families.

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