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Fosdick & Hilmer
Joe Harrison, JH Photo
Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute
Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, Pediatric, Adolescent & Adult Outpatient Clinics
I just wanted to say thank you…it is just amazing how good it feels and how [it brings] such a positive feeling.
Parent and staff member
Created with input from focus group sessions with patients, families and staff, the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) clinics were designed to present a welcoming, calming and uplifting patient and family-centered environment. The objective was to provide a related, but distinct, experience for both pediatric and adolescent/adult patients within two nearby clinic settings.
The overall theme for the pediatric clinic was inspired by "Katie's Kingdom," a beloved jungle scene preserved from the previous clinic. The mural had been painted in the early 2000s by lead artist Pam Kravetz as a memorial honoring a young cancer patient, Katie, who loved animals and the outdoors. This mural held an important place in the hearts of both staff and patients. The mural was recreated in the pediatric waiting area and throughout the clinic. The colorful animal artwork enlivens the corridors and exam rooms. The art not only provides visual delight, it also meets the needs of waiting patients and families within the leaves surrounding the art, seek-and-find illustrations help families and patients pass their time.
The nature-inspired theme was continued within the adolescent/adult clinic and was heavily influenced by patient, family, and staff input. The quote, "Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope," was selected by families to decorate the triage station entry. On each door into the exam rooms are leaves inscribed with a word selected by families to provide an uplifting message dream, live, cherish, smile, beauty, strength, happiness, joy, believe, love, courage, hope, kindness, and compassion.