AYA Cancer Treatment Center Opens

What does adolescent and young adult cancer treatment have in common with one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all-time? Well, the rock band is The Who, and over the past twenty years, they have raised more than $3 million for the construction of teenage cancer wards in the UK.  In 2011, they launched and began financially supporting Teen Cancer America programs to develop centers at strategic locations within the United States.

Earlier this year, Roger Daltrey was in Greenville, SC to open the new Teen Cancer America unit at Bon Secours St Francis Hospital and gifted an autographed guitar the be displayed in the center. As quoted on The Who website about the project, Daltrey said “This wonderful facility sets the standard for young people’s cancer treatment in America. Teen Cancer America are proud to partner the hospital. We are so grateful to First Citizens bank for their incredible support. We need more of corporate America, who rely on young people for their profits, to help Teen Cancer America deliver these specialist facilities and programs for young Americans suffering from this pernicious disease.”

Trehel provided selective demolition and interior renovation construction services to transform the old chemo transfusion suite into a new and bold vision for adolescent and young adult cancer treatment. The space includes four renovated patient rooms, along with a common area for visitation, social engagement, and physical therapy. Vibrant colors and a circadian lighting system were used to simulate exterior spaces to promote well-being and attitude for patients with compromised immune systems who cannot go outside.

The center also includes a reading nook, a kitchenette for family meal preparation, and Bluetooth A/V systems to allow for media use and personal music listening. The philosophy of the AYA Center Director, Dr. Hal Crosswell, is to treat the whole patient and promote positive attitudes by making patients feel more at home and less like being in a sterile and sparse clinical environment.

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture provided architectural design services for the project. Our Trehel construction project team consisted of Matt Smith, Senior Project Manager, and Rolando Rivera (pictured above), serving as Project Superintendent.

For more information about Who Cares and the charitable projects they support please visit, https://www.thewho.com/charity/.