Florida campus opens new building for cancer, neurology

Volume 7, Issue 4, 2018

Summary

The Mangurian Building is a key to the clinic's future in Florida as a destination medical center.

Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

Mayo Clinic has opened a new 190,000-square-foot medical building on its Florida campus for patients seeking cancer, neurology and neurosurgical care.

Named in honor of benefactors Harry T. Mangurian and his wife, Dorothy Mangurian, the Dorothy J. and Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Building is part of a $350 million investment to continue to develop Mayo Clinic's Florida campus as the premier medical destination in the Southeast.

"The Mangurian Building is a key component as Mayo Clinic builds out our future in Florida as a destination medical center," said Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., vice president of Mayo Clinic and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida. Dr. Farrugia is also president-elect and CEO-elect of Mayo Clinic. "The attention to detail and new design features will enhance the experience of our patients and their families, while hard-wiring innovation into diagnosis and treatment," he said.

Mayo Clinic received a $20 million gift from the Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation, which is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to support the new medical building for cancer, neurology and neurosurgical services.

The building offers integrated services for complex cancer, neurologic and neurosurgical care and serves as a home for discovery, patient-centered research and clinical trials. Initially rising five stories, the building has the potential for seven more stories.

Features of the new building include:

  • Expanded hematology and oncology. Two floors are devoted to hematology and oncology care. The new space more than doubles the size of the Department of Hematology and Oncology. This size increase will be complemented by a 50 percent increase in staff. The number of clinical trials and immunotherapies also will increase.
  • Oncology Infusion Center. This area has 43 large private suites, doubling capacity. There's also space for family members, a dedicated nourishment area and a patient library.
  • More comfort. Chemotherapy chairs can recline and provide heat and massage.
  • Expanded neurology and neurosurgery. One floor is dedicated to neurology and neurosurgery. This doubles the space for the Neurology and Neurosurgery departments, allowing the hiring of more neurologists and neurosurgeons. The area also includes space to support gait testing for various neurological conditions, including movement disorders and stroke.
  • Leading technology. The building will hold a first for Florida — a 7-Tesla MRI scanner with higher resolution to image the head and extremities, enabling neurosurgeons to more easily locate and treat even the smallest of defects.
  • Patient care enhancements. Patient care enhancements include an outdoor garden, a meeting space for support groups and a bistro that offers dietary options tailored to specific diseases. In addition, scalp cooling therapy will be offered to patients to help prevent hair loss during treatment.
  • Education enhancements. The building includes space designed specifically for Mayo Clinic's educational efforts, including training of residents and fellows.
  • Research space. The building will have space to conduct basic science research and deliver early therapeutics and clinical trials. Mayo Clinic's Florida campus is now home to one of the largest National Institutes of Health-funded neuro-oncology clinical and research groups in the country.

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