The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas
Timeline: May 2006 – October 2008
A partnership of Novant Health and Fauquier Health
Project Details: The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas marked the first joint venture between two large healthcare providers in the Gainesville, Virginia area. This new partnership would provide state of the art cancer care to patients of two formerly competing Healthcare providers. By combining resources, both Healthcare systems now offer their patients comprehensive cancer care close to home.
Patient and Evidence Based Criteria: Because of nausea experienced by cancer patients, imagery in radiation and oncology treatment areas should be clear, still and calm. Providing peaceful, clear images of nature with distant horizon lines offers patients an opportunity to focus on something other than their long treatment process. NASA scientist Yvonne Clearwater has produced some interesting research suggesting that viewers prefer landscapes with distance horizon lines to those with a closer perspective.
Art Opportunity: Art played an important role in the design of the new cancer center whose focus was patient comfort, relaxation and the creation of a peaceful environment. Introducing artistically stylized landscapes provided highly stressed patients and visitors interpretive yet calming views of familiar landscapes during their visit. The artwork’s painterly style was purposefully selected to provide a meditative focus for patients during treatments. The soft color palette found throughout the art program nicely compliments exterior and interior wood and stone details as well as interior finishes and fabrics.