A cancer diagnosis is life changing. Should cancer affect your family,
Covenant is her to support you. As part of Keeping the Covenant, the Joe
Arrington Cancer Center (JACC) is undergoing a massive renovation to improve
patient flow, update technology and create a soothing environment for
patients and their families. “Every step we have developed is patient-centered,”
says Shelly Biggs, Director of Clinical Operations at the JACC.
Little in the current space will remain unchanged and the JACC is procuring
two new linear accelerators and a state-of-the-art gamma knife for radiation
treatment. “This is a big deal,” says Kelly McDaniel, Vice
President of Covenant Health, “No one else in the region has this
The new Elekta radiation machines are among the most comfortable and accurate
on the market. “The new linear accelerators allow us to deliver
radiation very precisely and spare healthy tissue,” says Biggs.
Scheduled to arrive in November of this year, the new gamma knife melds
patient comfort and pin point accuracy. Physicians are able to take and
view images of the patient immediately prior to their procedure and program
the knife based on those images.
The overhaul of the JACC is not all about technology, “We are striving
for privacy and family space,” says McDaniel. From diagnosis to
treatment the focus is on the patient. “We want to make our patient’s
journey a dignified journey,” says Biggs. With this goal in mind,
the renovation will include relocation of dressing rooms closer to treatment
rooms and private infusion bays for chemotherapy patients.
Physician offices and clinics are moving to the main office building adjacent
to the JACC to make way for individual infusion rooms, tripling patient
capacity. Although located in different building, “our physicians
are just steps away from their patients,” says Biggs.
In an effort to streamline workflow and improve care, the lab areas will
be expanded and allow for greater privacy. The pharmacy will also move
down a floor to the infusion area to allow for quicker delivery of medication
to the patient.
The first floor lobby and reception area will be redesigned for privacy
during registration and will include family space for conference with
doctors. Additionally, private consultation areas are provided for social
workers, the Chaplin, and financial counselors.
Families of patients have particular needs and the new JACC facilities
are laid out to meet those needs. “We are not just taking care of
the patient, but also the caregiver,” says Biggs. To this end, the
main floor will also include a reading room, chapel and family resource
center. Also planned is a family business center where caregivers can
plug in and still be near their loved one.
In the main office building, connected to the JACC, the Covenant Breast
Center will be completely refurbished and receive a change in lay out
for quicker, more private screenings and care. The Center will also gain
its own exterior entrance facing 22
The exterior of the JACC will get a facelift and new landscaping including
reflection gardens to establish “a place for people to just take
a breath,” says Biggs.
Cancer doesn’t care who you are or where you live, but we do. On
the South Plains, the best in cancer care is at the Joe Arrington Cancer
Center and we pledge to give you latest technology in the most comfortable
setting. It’s our way of Keeping the Covenant.