MU Health Care opens $190 million patient-care tower

The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center now has a new $50 million home in the tower.

A $190 million, eight-story patient care tower located on the northeast side of University Hospital is ready to open.

The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center's new $50 million home is in the tower. The 310,500 square-foot tower also includes 90 private patient rooms, six operating rooms with space for six more to be built in the future, a 7,000 square-foot in-patient pharmancy, 35 pre-procedure rooms and18 post-procedure rooms, as well as the Ellis Fischel Gala and the Brown Family Healing Garden.

The facility was built as a green or sustainable building and has 596 window panels to let in light, recycled construction materials and three green roofs that are covered by plants to reduce rainwater runoff and to provide natural insulation.

"This opening is meaningful because it symbolizes the melding of tradition with innovation," MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said. "The tradition, of course, is University Hospital and all that it represents as the flagship of our great academic medical center. Now, with the opening of this new addition to University Hospital, we have a new tower that symbolizes the innovations in care that are the hallmark of an academic medical center."

"When we first set out to build this expansion, our aim was to create a state-of-the-art facility for our patients and families, but I think we have exceeded that goal," health system Vice Chancellor Harold A.Williamson Jr., M.D., said. "As I look around this new expansion, I believe weâ??ve created the hospital of the future. With help from our partners at the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, weâ??ve not only incorporated the latest in health care technology but also technologies that were developed here and are the first of their kind in the nation."

The intensive care unit rooms include iAware, developed by Cerner and the Tiger Institute at MU Health Care, which shows a patientâ??s vital signs for the past 30 hours.

The new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center location includes an ambulatory infusion unit for chemotherapy treatment, a radiation oncology unit with two linear accelerators for radiation therapy treatment, medical imaging with CT and PET scanners, as well as a DEXA bone-density scanner, 66 exam rooms, central Missouriâ??s only American College of Surgeons-accredited breast health center with 3-D and digital mammography, an outpatient pharmacy and a cancer rehabilitation gym. There is also a gift shop and boutique, with items unique for cancer patients, such as wigs and breast prostheses.

"The opening of the new University Hospital addition will create 97 new jobs, with the majority of those as nursing positions, but also including positions in pharmacy, housekeeping and nursing support," Mitch Wasden, MU Health Careâ??s chief executive officer and chief operating officer, said.

University of Missouri Health Care will host a free open house at the new tower from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Parking will be available in the Patient and Visitor Parking Garage, which is attached to University Hospital.