Activating the Future
“We are activating the future,” says John P. Innocenti, president of UPMC Shadyside, as he reveals designs for the new Hillman Cancer Hospital within Shadyside Hospital and a new outpatient care building across Centre Avenue next to Hillman Cancer Center, the region’s only National Cancer Institute– designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Now in the planning stages, the Hillman Cancer Hospital will replace the 80-year-old North Tower, formerly the School of Nursing and now of ces. Pedestrian bridges will connect the new eight-story, 180-bed tower not only to existing buildings at Shadyside but also to the new four-story outpatient build- ing and, from that building, across Cypress Street to Hillman Cancer Center.
These connections will promote interactions among caregivers and cancer researchers, meaning that patients will bene t as cutting-edge therapies move quickly from the laboratory to the bedside.
Connecting yesterday and tomorrow
The new tower’s name honors the generations-long family legacy of leadership and generosity of the late Henry and Elsie Hillman at Shadyside Hospital. Always devoted to Pittsburgh, the two were forward-looking innovators who advanced their city, and Shadyside Hospital, in countless ways.
“UPMC Shadyside has such a great history and is a key player in an academic medical center that leverages translational research,” states Pittsburgh-born Joan Saba, AIA, FACHA, NCARB, partner-in-charge of complex health care projects at NBBJ, the international architecture rm selected to design UPMC Shadyside’s new Hillman Cancer Hospital. “Our job is to make an environment that supports the great work you are doing to provide the best experience for patients and also associates and clinicians.”
An international design competition led to the engagement of NBBJ, the rm that designed Amazon’s Spheres at that company’s Seattle headquarters. NBBJ was named by the media brand Fast Company as the Most Innovative Company in Architecture in 2018.
“This campus will talk to each other more,” says Ms. Saba, adding that “we want to make these buildings comfortable for patients and a great place for people to work.” Target date for groundbreaking is early fall 2019. Both are projected to open in 2023.
Mr. Innocenti emphasizes that Shadyside will continue to be a full-service hospital, with cardiology, family and community medicine, orthopaedics, general and specialty surgery, and the additional subspecialties that are offered today — but with an enhanced emphasis on oncology. The number of patient rooms will stay the same, and all patient rooms will become private throughout the hospital.