High-Tech Research Hospital Gives Patients a New Lease on Life City of Hope to Open Landmark Facility, July 15

    DUARTE, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- City of Hope National Medical
 Center will open one of the nation's most technologically advanced research
 hospitals on July 15, 2005.  The 347,000-square foot, $200 million Helford
 Clinical Research Hospital at City of Hope is designed to advance research
 into cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
     Featuring some of the latest treatments and most advanced equipment,
 Helford Hospital will further City of Hope's ability to develop promising
 medical advances for patients battling serious diseases.  Annually, more than
 300 clinical studies are being conducted at the institution and approximately
 30 to 40 percent of eligible City of Hope patients are enrolled in a clinical
 trial -- nearly double the usual percentage at other cancer centers.
     The hospital is located on City of Hope's Duarte campus in close proximity
 to research laboratories, allowing for regular contact between scientists and
 clinicians which will facilitate translational research -- the conversion of
 basic science discoveries into novel diagnostic methods and treatment regimens
 for patients.
     "Helford Hospital represents City of Hope's commitment to the world of
 medical research and the health of people everywhere," said James S. Miser,
 M.D., chief executive officer and chief medical officer, City of Hope National
 Medical Center.  "The facility is the result of collaboration among
 physicians, researchers, nurses, administrators, patients and caregivers, all
 of whom worked to create an optimal environment for patient care and clinical
 research.  We believe patients will benefit not only from City of Hope's
 leading-edge treatments but from the hospital's healing environment."
     The 144-bed hospital will treat patients diagnosed with various types of
 cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal
 cancer and prostate cancer.  Helford Hospital will house one of the nation's
 largest and most successful hematopoietic cell transplantation programs.
     Innovative Hospital Features
     Helford Hospital was designed with the assistance of patients, family
 members, nurses and medical staff, who provided feedback after inspecting a
 life-size model of the floor plan.  The 'insider input' allowed architects to
 create a design that facilitates interaction between patients, nurses,
 physicians and other caregivers.
     In addition, the hospital features innovative technology designed to
 provide better outcomes and safer, more efficient care.
     Among the hospital's major technological appointments:
      *  Six technologically advanced surgical suites that accommodate the
         latest in robotics and computer technology, including real-time
         audio-visual setups for consultations and teaching.
      *  State-of-the-art diagnostic and interventional radiological services
         provide physicians and patients with the latest imaging equipment
      *  A wireless alarm notification system captures a patient's vital signs
         and transmits them directly to nurses, ensuring life-critical
         information reaches caregivers within seconds.  The StatView
         RespondNow system is fully integrated into Helford Hospital's
         monitoring systems and is designed to speed response time and enhance
      *  The Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) allows for
         storage of digital images and viewing by any computer within the
         hospital, as well as by outside specialists.
      *  A specialized air filtration system featuring 15 air changes per hour
         for every room -- one of the highest in the nation.
      *  Antimicrobial air ductwork designed to help reduce the risk of
         infection caused by bacteria.
      *  New "smart" intravenous pumps offer the latest and safest technology
         for medication delivery.  The pumps include Guardrails that act as
         virtual parameters to ensure medication is delivered in an appropriate
         dosage, reducing the chance for medication errors.
     The facility was designed and constructed to reduce patient anxiety and
 isolation and to allow closer contact and monitoring of patients by medical
      *  All 144 individual patient rooms are equipped with headwalls featuring
         a highly advanced communication system for intense monitoring of
         patients.  Patients have the ability to direct calls to appropriate
         hospital staff depending on their specific need.
      *  Patient rooms are large enough to allow several visitors and are
         equipped with a comfortable sleeper chair for an overnight guest.  All
         rooms have Internet access.
      *  "Family-friendly" features are incorporated into the design, including
         lounges, libraries, kitchens and family centers to provide patients
         and their loved ones with a home-like experience
      *  Natural lighting and views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Valley
         create a soothing environment.
     Medical experts believe these special features and others included in
 Helford Hospital's design help provide an environment that addresses emotional
 and spiritual needs.
     The hospital was designed by NBBJ, a global architecture and design firm
 specializing in health-care facilities.  Construction of the facility was
 fueled by a $36 million gift from longtime City of Hope supporters Irwin
 Helford, chairman emeritus, Viking Office Products Inc., and his wife,
 Betty -- the largest gift ever to the institution.
     About City of Hope
     City of Hope National Medical Center is one of the world's leading
 research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-
 threatening diseases.  City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow
 transplantation and genetics.  Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a
 Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest designation bestowed by the National
 Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer
     City of Hope's scientific knowledge is shared with medical centers locally
 and globally, helping patients battling life-threatening diseases around the
 corner and around the world.  For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org.
 City of Hope...  Where the Power of Knowledge Saves Lives(R).
      CONTACT: Roya Naqvi at 800-888-5323

SOURCE City of Hope

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