Gresham Smith Celebrates Completion of THE PLAYERS Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville

12,000-Square-Foot Space Designed to Provide World-Class Care for Pediatric Patients

Gresham Smith is proud to announce that construction is complete on THE PLAYERS Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville. The renovated and expanded 12,000-square-foot space provides a world-class destination for families seeking specialized and comprehensive pediatric hematology and oncology care in Northeast Florida.

“The families experiencing the stress and uncertainty of pediatric cancer were on the top of our minds throughout the entire design process. Our goal was to create a space that not only equips clinicians to deliver the best care, but also reduces stress for patients and provides respite for family members,” said Mariel Beesting, RID, EDAC, IIDA, LEED Green Associate, Interior Designer at Gresham Smith. “Our team is honored to have designed a space that will further the incredible work being done at Nemours Children’s Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.”

Located on the fifth floor, the clinic’s colorful lobby and waiting room’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide expansive views of the St. Johns River. New features include a dedicated laboratory space for point-of-care testing and one-stop service. The lab features a pneumatic tube station connected to Nemours Children’s main laboratory on the ninth floor and to Wolfson Children’s Hospital making the entire testing process more efficient.

One of the most notable enhancements of the new space is the Eckstein Family Infusion Suite, which is a service of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The suite features five open infusion bays and three private isolation rooms for immunocompromised patients. Wolfson Children’s pediatric oncology-certified nurses staff the space. The suite features semi-private infusion bays with large windows and low walls, which create a sense of privacy for patients and parents while providing clear visibility and easy access for care staff.

The fifth floor also houses private treatment, exam and consultation rooms, including separate exam rooms for immunocompromised patients to provide an additional level of care. Demountable partitions in staff work areas can be reconfigured to accommodate changing workflows and staff needs. Additionally, flooring patterns and accent colors on walls and ceilings aid with wayfinding and create an uplifting environment throughout the space.

Gresham Smith provided architecture, engineering and interior design services for the project, which is a continuation of the firm’s longstanding relationship with Nemours Children’s Health.