Disney Family Cancer Center



Burbank, CA - Construction is complete on the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and the opening of this state-of-the-art facility is tentatively set for February 2010.

McCarthy Building Companies, a leader in construction of healthcare facilities, completed its work last week on the four-story, 57,000-square-foot center at Alameda Avenue and Buena Vista Street. Over the next few months, the center, funded entirely by donations, will be furnished and the equipment installed.

“The building itself is stunning, designed to be a beautiful place of healing,” said Barry Wolfman, chief executive of Providence Saint Joseph. “Right now we’re completing the installation of the latest technology for the treatment of cancer. These machines can pinpoint the smallest tumors and help provide improved outcomes for our patients.”

The Roy and Patricia Disney family donated $10 million to seed the project. Contributions have come from local studios, which have pledged millions of dollars, physicians, former patients and the business and philanthropic communities. One woman offered a crumpled $20 bill and said she wanted to thank oncologist Raul Mena, M.D., medical director of the cancer center, who treated her and whose vision helped drive the project.

“So many people have made this project a reality,” Dr. Mena said. “It is such an honor that the community shares our dream and has placed their faith in us to build a top-level cancer center so patients can be treated close to home and family.”

The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center will be the first comprehensive cancer treatment center in the San Fernando Valley. It will include cutting-edge diagnostics and treatment; integrative medicine including herbal remedies and meditation; rehabilitation; nutrition counseling; involvement in clinical trials; a resource center for patients to research their illnesses; social services; and spiritual care.

Patients will choose music and video scenes in advance that will be set to play when they arrive for chemotherapy treatments. They will be issued badges so they can feel free to explore the center and easily be summoned for appointments.

Cancer care services are now housed at Providence Saint Joseph, where outcomes for cancer patients surpass national averages. New services that will be part of the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center include a partnership with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to treat young adults, genetic counseling and mind-body therapies.

Designed by SWA Architects of Pasadena, Calif., the Center reflects nature’s influence in the healing process. In the lobby rotunda, a 25-foot glass waterfall cascading into a rock pool creates a dramatic yet calming welcome. An infinity pool highlights the second floor healing garden.

Plans now are underway for festivities to mark the opening.