Event description

CCHF is delighted to announce that it is bringing our first conference in 2024 to Calgary to share  The Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre that will improve cancer care in Alberta and the rest of Canada for decades using the latest technologies, leading-edge research and best care.  

Cancer is the number 1 cause of death in Alberta.  1 out of 2 people will get a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime in Alberta.

Building cancer care facilities has unique differences from typical hospital builds including specialized oncology units, radiation therapy centres, infusion suites and dedicated spaces for integrative healing and support. Holistic care is emphasized and incorporates emotional and psycho-social aspects. In addition, the Centre emphasizes research to advance treatments from bench-side to bedside.

Learn more about the infrastructure achievements for the project, unique aspects of the project management approach and requirements for the build, key aspects of the clinical, operational and technology considerations for the build, design strategies that were developed to reflect the key needs, for all using the building as well as incorporating ambitious environmental targets to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Join us for a conference day to learn about the initiatives that guided the planning and development for the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Care Centre followed by a facility tour.

Key topics:

  • Clinical, operational and research objectives that led to the rationale, scope for the new build, Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Centre)
  • Planning and design narrative and key design principles adopted for the Centre for achieving patient-centred are
  • Project planning and the Design-Build journey and Alberta Infrastructure project delivery overview
  • Cancer care technologies adopted, their design features and their intended integration into the patient flow, and space design process  – MR Linear accelerator – is a unique form of precision radiation therapy, robotic IV
  • Integrative oncology adopted in treatment and healing at the Centre and its impact on facility design
  • Cancer care design insight from new projects around the globe

Agenda

February 29th (Location: Westin, Downtown, Calgary)

8:00 am Networking Breakfast

8:45  Welcome and Introductions

9:00  Guest Speaker, Dr. Don Morris, Medical Director, Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Cancer care Alberta, Alberta Health Services

Dr. Morris, a leader in cancer research, cancer care and health organizations for his entire career in Alberta shares insight into the leading edge research and care for advancing cancer care treatments in a timely and effective manner for Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians at The Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to predict the future of Comprehensive Cancer Care 8 years in advance
  2. Navigation/relationships with  Academic Institutions, Health care delivery systems, Government, Philanthropy, patient/family advisors, communities and health care/research teams
  3. It takes a village

9:45 – 10:30

Innovations in Project Planning and Management and Design Build Delivery

Mike Durtnall, Associate Principal, Program and Project Management, ARUP
Yousif Gabrail, Project Director, Arthur JE Child Cancer Care Centre, Alberta Infrastructure

10:30- 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:30

Panel: Engagement in the Creation of the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre  

Lorraine Harrison, Manager Unit 57/Apheresis/Rare Blood and Bleeding Disorders Clinic Hematology Path to Care, Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Health Services
Dr. Tien Phan, Radiation Oncologist, Alberta Health Services & Former Associate Medical Lead (2016-2023) Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Alberta Health Services
Don Wood, Patient and Family Advocate, Patient and Family Advisory Committee

Moderator: Caroline Hatcher, Executive Director, Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Cancer Care Alberta, Alberta Health Services

An extensive engagement process of key stakeholders went into the Centre’s planning and design strategies. Learn from the leaders how input was garnered, and key operational, care and clinical considerations unique to cancer care that informed how the cancer journey is planned for the Centre.

11:30 – 12:15

Advancing Technologies in Cancer Care

Development of a brachytherapy suite: Integrating high dose rate radiation and MRI imaging into the operating theatre

Dr. Tyler Meyer, Senior Medical Physicist, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Alberta Health Services

Dr. Tien Phan, Radiation Oncologist, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Alberta Health Services

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the clinical needs to optimize infrastructure in a comprehensive cancer center
  2. Cross-sectoral engagement in planning a complex a operating theater
  3. Future proofing for a constantly evolving environment

Pharmacy Kiro Robots

Carole Chambers, Pharmacy – Director, Cancer Services, Alberta Health Services

Learning Objectives:

  1. Observe a technology opportunity in pharmacy when building a new facility
  2. Where one can start for Information for developing an RFP (request for proposal)
  3. Embrace technologies that contributes to enhanced medication safety

12:15 Networking Lunch

1:15  – 2:00

Building Trust and Nurturing Relationships with Indigenous Community Partners Integral to the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Calgary, Alberta

Partnering with Indigenous communities takes a nuanced approach and follows the lead of the communities. It is work that has been and continues to be rich in learnings for the cancer care teams in Alberta and perhaps across the country. The context of historical dispossession, residential schools, Indian hospitals, past and current racism, and ongoing colonial structures creates challenges that require cultural humility and time to reconcile.

During this presentation you will:

  • learn what is involved to develop partnerships with the Indigenous communities that will be served by the teams at the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre,
  • learn about the process of engagement,
  • see some of the resulting efforts to enhance the welcome and the care experience of Indigenous people.

Debora Allatt, Manager, Education and Patient Experience, Quality, Safety and Practice Integration, Cancer Care Alberta, Alberta Health Services

Amy Melnick, Senior Consultant, Engagement, Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Alberta Health Services

Warren Michael, Indigenous Coordinator, Cancer Care Alberta, Alberta Health Services

2:00 – 2:45

Getting to the ‘Heart’ of Design for Integrated Cancer Care

A patient’s need for therapeutic, supportive, and human-centric environments is a constant. Can cancer centre design address that need while responding to rapid advances in treatment and research with an agile, and robust approach? This session will provide a holistic overview of how adaptable design, optimum clinical adjacencies, access to daylight and nature, and encouraging patient choice can create a resilient chassis for the evolution of cancer care. Presenters will share agile design strategies including standardisation of clinic modules, embedding of translational research and knowledge transfer in support of precision oncology and experimental therapeutics, and design strategies for emerging technologies.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify design strategies to address the emotional needs of patients and care teams by providing wide-ranging links to nature and daylight, including at the vault levels.
2. Share feedback and insights from hospital administration and patients related to design and wellbeing and the importance of patient engagement and advocacy throughout the design and construction process.
3. Develop agile design strategies such as standardization and modularity related to departmental, clinic, room and assembly design.
4. Design for future change and flexibility and advancements in technology including imaging, automated guided vehicles, and robotic systems.

Diego Morettin, Partner, Dialog

Catherine Zeliotis, Principal, Stantec

2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 3:45

Evolving Sustainable Design Approaches for Healthcare Projects

The latest version of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) contains multiple new changes to meet increasingly strict demands for occupant health and wellness, energy performance, and sustainability. While this is an important step toward Canada’s goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, NECB 2020 raises challenges for new healthcare projects. Design strategies must now also prioritize climate resilience in addition to the connection between wellness and sustainability.
Drawing from our experience from healthcare projects across Canada – including the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre – this presentation will discuss how National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) changes will impact trends and approaches for projects in Alberta and the need to focus on long-term, sustainable design solutions. The conversation will also cover the increased energy efficiency requirements that came into effect with Tiered Energy Codes. Now more than ever, successful sustainable design relies on accurate information shared among the design and construction teams to develop an accurate energy model, which in turn influences the operation of the mechanical systems, lighting and equipment, and the construction of the building envelope.

Key Objectives: 

• Add to the discussion around energy efficiency in healthcare and how significant environmental achievements can be built into the design;
• Highlight challenges with the new energy code as it relates to healthcare;
• Provide insights into sustainability trends and approaches likely to impact Alberta projects in the future.

Lyle Scott, Principal, Footprint

Greg Trypuc, Principal, Smith + Andersen

3:45 – 4:30

Closing Panel on the Future of Cancer Care and Cancer Facility Design

Panelists:

Dr. Don Morris, Medical Director, Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Alberta Health Services

Catherine Zeliotis, Principal, Stantec

Diego Morettin, Partner, Architect, Dialog

Richard Darch, President, Archus

Moderator: Janice Cullen, Former Senior Project Director at the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Current Senior Project Director for the new Red Deer Hospital,  Alberta Health Services

4:30 – 6:30 Reception (Appetizers and Drinks) 

March 1

8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast for hotel delegate guests

9:30 – 10:00 Transfer Bus to the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre

10 am – 10:30 pm

Check-in and safety presentation

10:30 – 12:00

Health and Facilities leaders from the project will cover the major aspects of the build in a one hour tour  in addition to highlighting specific areas.  

12:30 Bus departs from the site to the airport. 

 

Scope of the Project*

The new Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre will engage patients at the centre of a multidisciplinary health system, enabling access to comprehensive cancer care services in a world-class facility.

In fact, the extensive scope and integration of cancer care services at the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre will make it one of the most comprehensive cancer centres in the world.

Integrated research across the spectrum will further optimize care with focus on prevention, early detection, precision medicine and psychosocial care.

Operationally, the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre will include both inpatient and outpatient services. Services are based on clinical priorities as identified by AHS and include:

  • more than 100 patient exam rooms;
  • 160 inpatient unit beds;
  • more than 100 chemotherapy chairs;
  • increased space for clinical trials;
  • 12 radiation vaults, with three more shelled in for future growth;
  • new on-site underground parking with 1,650 stalls.
  • outpatient cancer clinics; clinical and operational support services and research laboratories

Source*: December 20th, 2023, https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page15399.aspx

CCHF Audience:

  • ‘C’ Suite leaders in redevelopment projects, finance and operations
  • Clinical planners, clinicians and nursing leaders
  • Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
  • Sustainable planners and designers
  • Infection prevention and control leaders
  • Health Authorities
  • Health facilities owners and operators

Speakers

Lorraine Harrison

  • Foothills Medical Centre Alberta Health Services
  • Manager Unit 57/Apheresis/Rare Blood and Bleeding Disorders Clinic Hematology Path to Care

Yousif Gabrail

  • Alberta Infrastructure
  • Project Director, Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Mike Durtnall

  • ARUP
  • Associate Principal, Program and Project Management

Janice Cullen

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Senior Project Director, RDRHC Redevelopment PMO

Tyler Myer, MD

  • Alberta Health Services, University of Calgary
  • Senior Medical Physicist

Don Wood

  • Patient and Family Advisory Committee
  • Patient and Family Advocate

Caroline Hatcher

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Executive Director, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Cancer Care Alberta

Dr. Don Morris, MD PhD FRCPC

  • Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Alberta Health Services
  • Clinical Department Head of Oncology and Medical Lead

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