Hospital Design

Amman’s KHCC expands

Jordan’s leading cancer centre – the King Hussein Cancer Centre (KHCC) in Amman has been struggling to cope with the increasing volume of patients and will be extended in a series of iconic expansions using state-of-the-art technology and materials that blend with the unique architectural landscape of Amman.

Accredited by the Joint Commission International Standards for Accreditation, KHCC is one of the region’s leading cancer centres. Using internationally recognised clinical protocols the centre provides exceptional multidisciplinary cancer treatment and care.

According to Mahmoud M. Sarhan, MD, CPE, CEO of KHCC, around 75% of patients seeking medical care at KHCC are from Jordan and 25% are from neighboring countries in the Middle East. Speaking to Middle East Health in 2008 Dr Sarhan said that they would like to admit more foreign patients, and that there was demand for this, but they were restricted by limited capacity.

“We are seeing ever greater volumes of patients within our existing facilities, which cannot be adapted or expanded to keep pace with the need,” he said. “Consequently, KHCC has begun an effort that will add to the original facilities with state-of-the-art cancer facilities in a series of phased expansions.”

KHCC has commissioned HKS, one of the world’s leading architectural firms with 25 offices worldwide, to design the new 880,000 square-foot facility. They expect that the new architectural landmark will boost KHCC’s reputation as a centre of excellence in the region for cancer treatment and research.

The new cancer centre will feature 152 adult and paediatric inpatient rooms, diagnostic and treatment facilities and outpatient clinics. The project includes a new outpatient building for all clinical activities now occurring in the existing KHCC hospital. The new outpatient building and existing KHCC building will be linked by a connector at the second level to make communication and access by patients and staff efficient and direct.

It will offer the most advanced cancer technology, said Dr Sarhan.

“It is envisioned to be a healing environment for the mind, body and spirit – addressing the full range of medical, psychological and social issues associated with cancer care,” he said.

Enrique Greenwell, Senior HKS designer, commenting on the design, said: “Like the city, the design of the building is progressive and modern, yet steeped in tradition, respecting its historic past.

“Reflecting the landscape of the ancient city with its intertwining design, the building façade to the south and east features punctuated fenestration patterns and stepped elements that mimic the hills in the distance.

“This design lessens the impact of the 14-story vertical tower in the urban area.”

A glass beacon, the tallest element on the building, will be visible from major intersections, which converge in the area.

“The Jerusalem stone engages with the glass, as if protecting and highlighting a jewel,” said Greenwell. “Public areas of the building such as the bridge, atrium and family lounges are exposed with glass promoting openness in contrast to the solidity of the stone. The faceted glass is transparent during the day and night, openly displaying the lifesaving activities occurring within the building.”

Construction on phase 1 was due to begin in the last quarter of this year and it is expected to be completed by 2011.

ate of upload: 10th Dec 2009

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