“We will not be satisfied until [Northern Kentucky] is the healthiest community in America,” Flora says. “We know it is an ambitious goal, but that is our mission at St. Elizabeth. We will go outside of our hospital walls to make it happen. We all believe in this goal.”

Now, that is the kind of diligent, committed team you want providing your care following a cancer diagnosis.

Early in the Cancer Center planning process, St. Elizabeth’s Cancer Patient and Family Advisory Committee, consisting of current patients, their families and caregivers, was asked for its input to ensure accountability and the highest-quality patient experience possible. From the beginning, the driving force behind the completion of the 250,000 square-foot center was ease of navigation for cancer patients and their families.

“Our previous approach [to cancer care] was very fragmented, with physician providers all around the tri-state — a primary care doctor here, a gastrointestinal doctor there, an oncologist in yet another building. The new center brings all those specialists together under one roof,” Dr. Flora explains. “Our team members will now be in one central location, so the cancer care experience is built around the patient rather than the provider. The opportunities the central location will provide is a gift for patients in this region and beyond.”

In addition to offering medical care in a single location, ancillary support services are provided in the new Cancer Center, too. These services include a yoga studio, massage therapy, a meditation room, art and music therapy. The goal of this wholistic approach is to provide seamless, multidisciplinary care for the cancer patient’s body and mind.

The new building will also accommodate St. Elizabeth’s significantly increased participation in clinical trials, an integral key to discovering cancer cures. “The promise of this new center has already helped me recruit physicians interested in bringing clinical research to our region; physicians who might have chosen to go elsewhere,” Dr. Flora says.

For more information, visit www.stelizabeth.com/CancerCenter