When the former Atrium Mall in Chestnut Hill was reborn as the wellness-centric Life Time Center earlier this month, its developers hinted that the retail revamp would involve a major hospital establishing a footprint in the space.
On Monday, Bulfinch Companies announced that the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute would be signing a lease for two floors of the building, and using the 140,000 space as an satellite location just a few miles from its downtown headquarters. The site is scheduled to open to patients in 2019, and the hospital plans to host clinical trials, exams, infusions, and other services to newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Hospital staff said that as additional treatment options, clinical trials, and innovative therapies have come online, it’s meant that more square footage is needed to treat them.
“We need more space for patient care,” Craig A. Bunnell, Dana-Farber’s chief medical officer, said in a statement. “Life Time Center will provide our patients an option in an easily accessible area with ample parking and amenities.”
The Dana-Farber clinic will join the Life Time Fitness facility and the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine as tenants in the newly-refurbished building, and joins a number of new outpatient centers that have clustered along Route 9.
It’s the fifth satellite clinic operated by the hospital, which also opened the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care in the Longwood Medical corridor in 2011.
“The location itself is fantastic for us, it’s close enough in but far enough out,” said Wendy Gettleman, Dana-Farber’s vice president for facilities management and real estate. She said the proximity to the fitness center is an added amenity for their patients. “It’s a great oportunty for collaboration and to think about cancer care and wellness together. It’s a great marriage.”Janelle Nanos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @janellenanos.