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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY January 2018 | Archived Issues

Breast Cancer Center Renovation Project to Begin

The 310 Building will be transformed into a state-of-the-art breast cancer center after an upcoming renovation project. An artist's rendering shows the exterior view of the completed project.

The operating rooms at 310 N. San Vicente Blvd. will go dark Jan. 31. After 20 years as a surgical center, the building will begin the transformation into a fully dedicated breast cancer treatment facility housing the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center—A Project of Women's Guild, commonly known around the medical center as the "310 Breast Center."

The first step in the transition is the permanent shift of surgeries to the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion and the Medical Center, with some relocating to the 90210/Precision Ambulatory Surgery Center. The breast center will continue to operate at the 310 Building through March 7, then will reopen in a newly renovated interim space at 8670 Wilshire Blvd. on March 14. Breast center patients will have their mammograms at the interim location on Wilshire Boulevard, while community patients will go to the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center. All will be directed to the appropriate location when they make their appointments.

"This move represents a very exciting time for us," said Maria Mirabal, associate director of the breast center. "The breast center opened in 2000, so the fact that we're being given a new reality is exciting to a lot of people. It's going to be a stunning space—even the interim space is beautiful."

The renovation of the 310 Building is projected to take less than two years, and when complete will mark a radical transformation of a facility that has become home to a close-knit team focused on all aspects of care for breast cancer patients.

"The surgeons and staff who have worked at the 310 Building over the last two decades have built it into one of Cedars-Sinai's premier operating facilities," said Bryan Croft, senior vice president of Operations. "Our investment in the breast center is part of our ongoing commitment to provide our patients with excellent care in a welcoming, nurturing environment. It also represents our commitment to provide our dedicated staff with the state-of-the-art space and technology they need to do their jobs."

When the 310 Building, originally dubbed the 310 Surgery Center, opened in 1998, its prospects were met with skepticism by some who feared its location across Beverly Boulevard—and away from the main campus—would inconvenience patients and staff.

Those fears proved unfounded as the center quickly flourished into a hub for orthopaedic, pediatric, otolaryngology, plastic, vascular and general surgeries. More recently, it has housed breast and general outpatient surgeries along with gastrointestinal labs.

"There is great enthusiasm for this move," said Jan Decker, former director of Preoperative Services, who is overseeing the transition for the surgical teams. "We're working to make sure the experience remains seamless for both our staff and patients."

Since its founding, the team at the breast center has grown to more than 30 staff members, including seven surgeons, 14 patient service representatives, two clinical registered nurses and three nurse navigators—who serve as patient advocates providing resources and information to cancer patients.

The facility they will return to when the renovation is completed in 2019 will be very different from the space they shared with other specialties. Gone will be the operating rooms, which will be replaced by more exam rooms, imaging facilities and meeting spaces. The first floor of the three-story building will feature exam rooms, a boutique selling items to patients undergoing treatment, patient conference space and a garden space. Administrative offices will be housed on the second floor, and the top floor will be home to exam rooms, imaging and other primary patient care facilities.

The breast center's contact information will remain the same.

"We have made a concerted effort to include staff in the decisionmaking process from day one," said Mirabal. "They have provided invaluable support and input that have shaped how the clinic will flow, to ensure we maintain excellent customer service for our patients. We are all excited about what this new space will do to enhance the patient experience and our ability to provide high-quality care."

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A rendering of the entry view to reception is shown.

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The new center will feature open office space.

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The new center will have a boutique selling items to patients undergoing treatment.