The Dunlap Cancer Center is part of Kahler Slater’s Luther Building addition and renovation at Mayo Clinic Health System’s Eau Claire Campus. The Center features an innovative design created by an integrated team of Mayo Clinic Rochester radiation oncologists and Mayo Clinic Health System medical oncologists. The goal of the new center is to create seamless coordinated care through multi-specialty collaboration.
Radiation and medical oncologists are working side by side to create an integrated experience, promoting best practice and holistic treatment plans, as well as patient comfort. Teleconferencing facilities within the center promote collaboration with Mayo Clinic Rochester specialists. As a differentiating Center of Excellence for the Eau Claire campus, the Dunlap Cancer Center has its own front door and nearby dedicated parking for patient convenience. The infusion area (chemotherapy) offers several options for patient and family privacy, from an interactive social setting, to partially open bays, to private rooms. Private rooms are easily observed from staff work areas and are highly valued for patients going through a particularly difficult time or during introduction of a new treatment protocol. Additionally, the patient education center and meditation space offer support and respite for patients and families. Adjacent the cancer center, the auditorium and meeting rooms support campus wide medical education. A strong connection to nature is emphasized in the design providing views to nearby Half Moon Lake, as well as new gardens. Natural light in radiation oncology changing rooms and public spaces reduces stress and provides positive distraction. In addition to participating in community focus groups to gain insights into project needs and community perception, Kahler Slater worked with the Mayo Clinic Foundation making the case for funding of the full master plan and providing philanthropic support, including donor recognition for this project. Name recognition for Mayo Clinic Health System Cancer Care has increased significantly in the Eau Claire community and this campus ranks 23.9% above national average in likeliness to recommend (HCAHPS).