Memorial Sloan Kettering will set a new standard for outpatient cancer surgery with the opening of the Josie Robertson Surgery Center (JRSC), a first-of-its-kind freestanding facility on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in January 2016.
At the 16-story, state-of-the-art building on York Avenue between East 61st and 62nd Streets, patients will have sophisticated outpatient surgical treatments in a comfortable environment designed to allow them to quickly return to their homes to better complete their recovery. The JRSC embodies years of research into just what it takes to provide patients and their families with the safest, most effective, and most personalized outpatient surgical care.
Here are a few of the innovative features of this new facility:
It’s a hospital that feels more like a hotel.
The JRSC is designed for comfort and convenience, with designated areas where family members and caregivers can rest, eat, read, get online, exercise, or have a quiet moment. Our waiting area includes a café, beautiful artwork, abundant natural light, and sweeping views of the East River.Back to top
Operating rooms are designed especially for specific procedures.
The 12 operating rooms at the JRSC have been equipped to perform specific specialty outpatient procedures, including surgery for breast cancer and reconstruction as well as head and neck, gynecologic, and urologic cancers. The enhanced surgical techniques, which include minimal-access and robot-assisted procedures, will enable patients to go home in the shortest time possible. The operating rooms incorporate the most advanced technology — for example, surgical lights automatically adjust to eliminate shadows where the operation is being performed, and wide-screen, super high-definition monitors are employed for laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Even the room ventilation has been specially designed to direct airflow away from the site of operation to reduce infection risk.Back to top
A real-time location system (RTLS) tracks patients’ activity and simultaneously collects data.
This tiny device will allow us to monitor patients’ movement after surgery to ensure their recovery is on track as well as to automate routine data collection and communication so doctors and nurses are free to focus on patients. We will use information gathered by the RTLS to reevaluate our postoperative procedures — always with the aim of improving outcomes. The device also allows patients’ care partners to move freely about the facility rather than feeling tied to the waiting room.Back to top
Common spaces encourage patients to get up and about.
Patients recover faster if they move around soon after surgery. The layout on the postoperative floor will encourage family members and patients to come out of their rooms to walk, socialize, relax, or have a snack. For example, patients won’t receive breakfast in their rooms but will instead go to a buffet in the central “oasis.” In addition, beautiful artwork on the walls will serve as walking milestones for patients.Back to top
Secure video conferencing will connect patients with their doctors and caregivers during their recovery.
In-room technology will allow patients to communicate securely with their doctors after surgery as needed, as well as with their caregivers and loved ones who are off-site.Back to top