Rachlin Partners

UCLA Hematology / Oncology

Huntington Memorial Hospital
Pasadena, California

Asked to design a modern cancer treatment center in an existing 8,025-square-foot space, one of our primary goals was to create a patient-focused facility that would act as a catalyst for healing. When visitors arrive at the UCLA Hematology & Oncology Center, they are greeted by a handsome entrance with Douglas Fir ceilings and curved wall panels that ease transition into the facility and hint at an interior that blends a quiet elegance, comfort and warmth.

Inside, visitors pass through a dramatic reception area and encounter a corridor that surrounds the treatment room and leads to either of two office/examination wings. Curved walls and a warm neutral color palette create the impression of an open, relaxed space quite unlike the confined look and feel of a typical corridor. Illuminated slots in the wood-paneled wall endow the space with a warm glow.

Within the treatment room, infusion chairs are organized in a circular pattern that radiates from the nurses’ station, improving visibility and staff efficiency. The design emphasizes warm colors, softened angles and curves. Large windows offer wide outdoor views that help to alleviate the anxiety and discomfort of patients undergoing lengthy treatment.

Ultimately, this modern health care setting prioritizes the experience of staff, patients and their families—and enables the delivery of world-class cancer care services.

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