Unity - MD Anderson Cancer Center - Cooper University Health Care
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper - Camden, New Jersey

Photo Credit: Christopher Cooper

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper - Cooper University Health Care - Camden, NJ

Architect: Francis Cauffman, Philadelphia, PA

Lighting Designer: Lauren Roberts, Francis Cauffman, NYC

“Since it’s beginning in 1887 as a small community hospital, Cooper University Hospital has been a cornerstone in the Camden community, offering the latest in medical technology. Francis Cauffman is helping to keep the Cooper University Hospital up-to-date by designing the Cooper Cancer Institute. The three-level center includes 36 treatment bays, radiation oncology, breast center, phlebotomy, and a central pharmacy. A new café, conference center, and healing garden benefits patients, staff and visitors. This addition to the campus allows Cooper to expand its services and provide centralized, technologically advanced care for its cancer patients.” – www.franciscauffman.com

The cancer center features the Unity tandem series above. As part of the treatment room mockup review, staff, doctors, nurses and design team members decided on the Unity series when up against 2 other lighting schemes. Because of its softer, relaxing lines the staff and patients thought this would be the best approach for their treatment rooms. As a variation the reading light component was taken out allowing the lighting fixture to be switched from its ambient to exam light levels only. Placing the fixtures in tandem allowed for the flexibility of the ceiling devices to be located in necessary areas of the room. To this day, there has been nothing but positive feedback.